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Ways to Prevent Plumbing Problems

plumbing problemsPreventing plumbing problems, such as broken pipes, clogged drains, and leaks, is easier if the appropriate precautions are taken. Both new and old homes demand plumbing system maintenance throughout the year. Therefore, there is a need for ways to prevent plumbing problems that might arise at any time. When it comes to plumbing, we have details about ways you can prevent some of the most troublesome problems.

How to Prevent Plumbing Problems:

Sewer Backups

Sewer backups are one of the main plumbing problems that can lead to dirty-smelling water or expensive damage repairs. To prevent this plumbing problem, there are some things you need to do. First, you should not flush hygiene products, diapers, or any non-disposable materials, as they can easily clog your sewer line, causing sewer backups. This problem slowly progresses as you keep flushing these products and eventually, you have a full-fledged plumbing crisis on your hands. It is also advisable to check the outside sewer line to see whether there are any visible tree roots.  This is important to monitor, because tree roots grow toward the source of water and as such, a sewer line may attract these roots, thus causing a breakage or sewer backups.

Weak Flushing

Weak flushing is normally caused by an unbalanced toilet tank ball. For instance, if it is placed too low or too high, the toilet will not flush properly. Therefore, always ensure the water is at its optimal level. Generally, there is a water level line inside the tank that indicates where the water level should be.

Frozen Pipes

Frozen pipes are another plumbing problem seen in many homes. As a homeowner, you should be sure the plumbing system, especially the pipes, are not exposed to harsh conditions during wintertime. Why? Extremely cold temperatures cause pipes to freeze. To prevent this, you will need to protect these pipes by insulating them, using electrical heating tape.

Sewer Gas Odors

All drain traps contain water seals that serve the purpose of keeping odor from spreading into a home’s living quarters. Therefore, if there is a bad smell coming from your bathroom or toilet, the odor smell is evaporating through the drain trap past the water seal. Catching whiffs of rotten eggs? You can fix this plumbing problem by pouring water into the drain trap.

Plumbing problems are never good, but these preventative hacks and remedies can help. Have a bigger plumbing problem on your hands that demands the help of a professional? All Star Heating, Cooling & Plumbing can help with your plumbing needs.

For details about our plumbing problem solutions, call (262) 367-7300.

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