Wednesday, July 10, 2013

3 Tips for Maintaining Your Plumbing System

The bathroom is a very important part of your home which is why it should be maintained well. Not only should the fixtures be maintained and changed when faulty, the plumbing system too should be periodically checked.

While it’s better to hire a professional Waukesha plumber to check the system at least once a year, it’s better to do some checking time and again. So here are some tips that help you check your household’s plumbing system.

1. First thing to do is clean out the drains so that all built up residue is cleared. This prevents your having to attend to the problem when water does not nudge through pipes. Though this is not a pleasant task, it’s better than finally digging something foreign out from the drain after some time. Cleaning of the drain can be done using a plastic drain tool from the local home improvement store or if you want, you can go green and use some white vinegar.

2. A running toilet is another problem that occurs in most bathrooms. This usually occurs when the flapper is not in place or is completely worn out. To fix this problem, you just have to remove the tank cover and scrub out any built-up residue on the flapper. In case the flapper is worn out, replace it with a brand new one.

3. Next in line is the drip drop of a leaky faucet, which cannot be fixed by choking the faucet with a cloth. Instead, the first thing to do is place your hand under the faucet to find out if the drops are cold or warm. This lets you know if the hot or cold water pipe is leaking.

Once you turn off the corresponding water supply line, which is usually located under the sink you next have to remove the knob from the leaking side and remove the valve stem. Check the washer placed at the bottom of the stem and replace it if is in a horrid condition. Then you just have to restore all the parts and just recheck to make sure there are no more leaks.

These 3 tips should help you deal with most of the minor Waukesha plumbing problems to check and maintain your plumbing system. However, for optimum maintenance, it’s better to have a professional Waukesha plumber take a look at your plumbing system and fixtures at least once a year.