Plumbing emergencies are well known for causing stress and water damage that may take hours or even days to address. However, the vast majority of plumbing emergencies are avoidable if action is taken before a small problem grows large enough to cause serious damage and disruption. Your plumbers in Portland will be happy to help you learn more about maintaining your home’s plumbing to avoid these costly and stressful disasters.
Clean Drains and Fixtures Regularly
Dissolved minerals in your water won’t harm you, but they can have long-term implications for your plumbing. Additionally, regular use causes drains and pipes to accumulate organic debris, such as food particles, soap scum, and hair. Over time, these two factors are responsible for much of the wear and tear on your plumbing system, which is the underlying cause of many plumbing failures and emergencies. Maintaining your plumbing by cleaning your drains and fixtures regularly can prevent mineral and debris buildup to keep your plumbing pipes clear and in good shape. Never use chemical drain cleaners to maintain your pipes—instead, try an eco-friendly enzymatic drain cleaner recommended by your plumber, or you can pour a pot of boiling water down each drain once every few months to loosen and flush away any buildup. Your fixtures can accumulate mineral buildup just like your pipes can—cleaning your faucets and showerheads with vinegar will remove buildup that affects the fixture’s performance and puts it at risk for a leak.
One of the very best things you can do to maintain your plumbing and protect your home from a plumbing emergency is to stay vigilant. Take note of how your plumbing is acting and don’t hesitate to call your plumber for an inspection as soon as you notice a change. Small changes are often the precursors of bigger catastrophes—by addressing the situation as soon as you notice it, you can completely eliminate the risk of a large-scale plumbing failure in the future. Addressing issues quickly is also a great way to ensure your plumbing stays in good shape, as many small problems cause ongoing wear and tear that shortens the lifespan of the system.
Work With Your Plumber
Although most plumbing maintenance tasks don’t require a plumber, there is no substitute for a professional inspection. Have your plumber inspect your home once a year to check for signs of deterioration or other problems you may not have noticed yet. When your home’s pipes have particularly advanced mineral buildup, a solution known as hydro-jetting can blast away buildup for like-new pipes to improve your water pressure and prevent corrosion and leaks. If your home has a problem with hard water, adding a water softener can reduce the dissolved mineral content of your water for better taste, improved cleaning, and reduced wear on your plumbing.
Your 24-hour plumber in Portland is here to help you in the event of an emergency—but he can also help you prevent those emergencies and prolong the lifetime of your plumbing. Take a look through our blog for more tips on plumbing maintenance and problem-solving, or click through our website to learn more about our plumbing solutions and services, including emergency plumbing assistance.