How to Avoid Plumbing Problems: Preventative Maintenance

Plumbing problems are a huge headache for homeowners. Whether it’s a leak or clogged drain, plumbing issues can lead to higher utility bills, water damage, and even health hazards. We have many people ask us how to prevent plumbing problems, and while it would be nearly impossible to completely prevent these issues, there are steps you can take to greatly minimize the risk. 

Tips to Prevent Plumbing Problems 

Plumbing problems will likely occur from time to time, but that doesn’t mean they need to be a frequent occurrence in your home. With proper care and maintenance, you can help protect your home’s plumbing system and limit plumbing issues. Here are some of the best ways to protect your home from plumbing issues:

Schedule Regular Maintenance 

Preventative maintenance performed by a licensed plumber is the best way to protect your home’s plumbing system. We recommend having your home’s plumbing system inspected at least once each year. This is a great way to identify small problems before they turn into larger problems. An annual inspection will help you have peace of mind that your plumbing system is operating properly. 

Watch What You Put Down Drains

Many clogs and blockages stem from putting things down drains that plumbing systems cannot handle. This includes grease, produce stickers, paper towels, flushable wipes, coffee grounds, and stringy vegetables, amongst many other things. Check out our blog on garbage disposals for a longer list of items that are not safe for your drains. Clogs and blockages can lead to even bigger plumbing problems, so if you are cautious about what goes down your drain, you can help prevent these issues from the start. While we are on the topic of unsafe items for your drain, it is important to note that chemical drain cleaners and drop in toilet fresheners should also not be used. While they are labeled to make it seem like they are good for your drains, they tend to have the opposite effect in the long run. 

Do Not Delay Repairs 

Small plumbing issues such as slow drains or leaky faucets have the potential to lead to larger problems if not addressed promptly. The more extensive a plumbing repair gets, the more costly it can also be. Even a seemingly small leak can cause water damage or mold if left untreated. As soon as you become aware of a plumbing issue, it is best to get it repaired as soon as possible. It’s also helpful to be proactive and regularly check your pipes, faucets, and toilets for signs of leaks. 

Understand Your Home’s Plumbing System

Having general knowledge about your home’s plumbing system can go a long way when it comes to preventative maintenance. If you have a basic understanding of how the plumbing system works and are aware of the overall condition, you might be able to detect issues earlier than most homeowners and save yourself from a plumbing disaster. A great first step would be to locate your shut off valve. In the event that there is a plumbing emergency, you can turn the water off to help limit water damage. Knowing the age and condition of your pipes and plumbing appliances can also be beneficial so you can better plan for replacement and anticipate potential issues due to age. 

Stan’s Plumbing Gold Service Club

As we mentioned previously, preventative maintenance is the best way to protect your plumbing system. When you sign up for Stan’s Plumbing Gold Service Club, you will receive an annual plumbing inspection that helps us catch potential issues before they turn into a costly plumbing disaster. You might be asking yourself, what does a plumbing inspection consist of?

Stan’s Plumbing Inspection Includes:

  • Flush and service water heaters, and check anode rod
  • Camera inspection where appropriate
  • Check all faucets for proper operation, and clean aerators
  • Check all angle stops and supply lines
  • Check garbage disposal for proper operation
  • Check all tubs/shower faucets and diverters for proper operation
  • Check all outdoor hose bibs
  • Check visible pipes for signs of corrosion
  • Check water softener (if applicable) 
  • Check reverse osmosis system (if applicable)

As a Gold Service Club member, you will have all of the checks listed above performed on your home’s plumbing system each year! Additionally, you will receive 15% off plumbing repairs and priority service. Protect your home’s plumbing system today by joining Stan’s Gold Service Club in Austin, TX!

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