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How to Prevent Pipe Problems

How to Prevent Pipe Problems

Your pipes are a crucial part of your plumbing system and your home as a whole. It may seem that since you can’t see (or physically touch most of) them, you can’t do much to maintain your pipes. That couldn’t be further from the truth!

Taking care of your pipes is simple and can save you a lot of money and headache in the long run. Not to mention, your home will function better and you’ll have less to worry about when it comes to major repairs.

Follow our tips below for preventing pipe problems.

Watch What You Drain

What you put down your drain has perhaps the biggest impact on the life of your pipes, how often and how severely they get clogged, and if any corrosion or other issues arise. Therefore, understanding what should never be put down the drain is crucial.

For the following items, opt for the trash and keep them out of your drains:

  • Coffee grounds
  • Eggshells
  • Pasta & rice
  • Stringy vegetable
  • Meat or bones
  • Oil
  • Cooking grease
  • Hair
  • Paper products

Avoid Chemical Cleaners

When you do get a clog, it can be frustrating, and many homeowners reach for the easiest solution: chemical drain cleaners found in many home and grocery stores. These products can be harmful to your pipes, causing corrosion and premature breaks or leaks. It’s best to avoid them and opt for safer measures to clear your clog.

Instead, try sprinkling some baking soda in the drain, then pouring some white vinegar down with it. This powerful combination is often enough to clear small clogs. Alternatively, you can use a drain snake to try and dislodge the blockage.

Use Proper Pressure

Many people think that the highest water pressure is always the best. This isn’t actually the case, as too-high water pressure can actually damage your plumbing system.

Aim for a pressure of 60 to 70 PSI. If you don’t know the pressure of your water supply, you can find out using a water pressure gauge. If the pressure is too high, invest in a water pressure regulator.

It may not seem like a big deal, but high water pressure can damage your pipes, especially at the joints and fixtures. It can cause a “water-hammer,” which is a strong jolt that happens within the pipe when pressure is built up and then released.

Fix Leaks

It may seem obvious, but leaks should be fixed as soon as possible. Sometimes leaks are ignored when they are a slow drip coming from your faucet, but this can waste money and water.

Leaks can also get worse over time. Even if it starts as a small leak, it could eventually lead to a complete break in your pipe, which could cause significant damage. Learn the signs of a possible leak, like the sound of running water, water stains on walls or ceilings, and a spike in your water bill, to ensure you catch a leak before it gets out of control.

Use Insulation

Insulation for exposed portions of your pipes is important to help combat extreme weather and temperature changes. Believe it or not, we often see frozen pipes during the cold months. And the expanding and contracting that happens between temperature extremes can put stress on your pipes and cause issues if not addressed.

Keep Your Pipes in Great Condition

For a team you can trust to take good care of your pipes and your entire plumbing system, go with the team at Rainforest Plumbing and Air. Contact us today at (602) 755-2995 for all your pipe repair, replacement, and maintenance needs.