Moving in to or maintaining a new house can be a huge task, especially taking care of the piping system. If you don’t know the basics about your drains, pipes, and plumbing system, you could overlook something really important that could cost you a pretty penny in the future. So, to help prevent any large and expensive issues happening in your home, it is best to be informed. In this article we will review some of the basic things that every homeowner should know about the pipes in their home.
The pipes will rust over time. They shouldn’t have a huge layer of rust. That is a sin of old and undependable piping. This could lead to unknown minerals and particles ending up in the water you drink from your tap and the water that you shower with. However, if there are specks of rust here and there, don’t be alarmed. Since pipes have so much water flowing in and out and up and down so constantly, they end up rusting faster than other metal products. Read here how to remove rust from pipes.
The second thin you should know is that pipes do need to be cleaned regularly. Adding some draining fluid and/or buildup dissolvent and allowing it to set for thirsty minutes a week will keep your pipes sparkling clean. This will prevent buildups, clogs, and unwanted leaks from happening more often. It is not necessary to drain out and clean your pipes every week, but it is a nice habit to have. Just make sure you give them a nice bath at least once every two months and you should be in the clear.
The third and last thing every homeowner should know about their pipes is that they are sturdy. This may seem self-explanatory, but your pipes are built to last for the long haul. So, there is no need to give them too much negative attention. Fixing and adjusting random pieces of your piping system in an effort to upgrade or “sustain” the piping will only end up damaging it in the long run. Thus, you’ll need to buy replacements which can be overwhelmingly expensive. So, instead of constantly fixing on your pipes, just make it a habit to always check for any issues that you can see, taste, or feel. Btw, Houselogic published a great article on how to choose the right pipes for your home.
Now that you are aware of these simple things to check up on, you should be able to make the best out of your home plumbing so that it lasts as long as possible.