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Three Steps to Avoid Summer Plumbing Disasters

Pipe leaks, clogs, drains not flushing, and other plumbing issues often show no warning. But, before the plumbing issues became apparent, subtle warning signs indicated plumbing disasters may be on the way. Knowing what to look at is essential to stop simple plumbing issues from becoming major. The following tips from a licensed professional can reduce the number of plumbing issues and help prevent major plumbing disasters

Be On the Look Out for a Pipe Leak or Clog

cracksSome plumbing problems cannot be seen but are identified by symptoms, including:

  • Slow Drainage – One key indicator of a pipe clog is slower drainage. An excellent way to check the system is to flush drains and observe how quickly the water drains. 
  • Sounds – Strange sounds are also good indicators of potential problems. If waste is not allowed to flow freely through the plumbing system, it may back up, causing gurgling sounds, indicating some blockage in the plumbing that may lead to plumbing disasters if not taken care of. 
  • Smell – An unpleasant smell from faucets and pipes is also a good sign that the pipes are clogging. As buildup grows everything backs up, including odors. This is why odors are more obvious when pipes are not flowing as designed.

Finding leaks in the plumbing can be an easier task. Usually, leaks cause obvious problems, and the owner is quickly aware. However, some leaks are harder to detect. One indication of a pipe leak is reduced pressure. When water is diverted (as when a pipe leaks), it causes less water to flow to the endpoint, reducing pressure. The more significant the pipe leak is, the greater the pressure drop making it easier to detect. Keeping an eye on how well fixtures drain, unusual sounds, smells, and pressure may help prevent calling in a professional.

Keep Grease and Cooking Oil Away From All Drains

drainOne of the quickest ways to cause a significant plumbing issue is to pour grease or cooking oil down a drain. And no, running hot water does not make it okay to dump grease down the drain! Grease and other oils cause buildup in pipes. When poured in, it leaves residue in plumbing lines; this residue catches crumbs or other debris and will eventually clog the entire drain. A pipe clog could lead to corrosion and a pipe leak. It’s a snowball effect that can be stopped by properly disposing of grease and cooking oil.

Keep Drains Clear of Debris with Regular Flushing

Most plumbing drains are regularly flushed in high-traffic, well-used areas. Disaster prevention necessitates guest bathrooms and other lesser-used plumbing fixtures be flushed too. If these fixtures are not run, sediment will begin to cling to the pipes causing buildup and possible corrosion or a clog. 

Simply flushing the drains and toilet and running faucets and showers can prevent more significant plumbing issues. Unfortunately, this is one prevention tip rarely followed. It is often assumed that unused plumbing will be okay since nothing is going in to cause a problem. Or, the plumbing in unused areas is forgotten. This is a clear example of an ounce of prevention going a long way.

About Apple Valley Plumbing Company

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