Plumbing Essentials for Property Owners to Know
Homeowners don’t need to know everything about their plumbing systems. This is what plumbers are for. However, property owners must understand some plumbing basics to help prevent costly plumbing problems, high water bills, and water damage to their homes.
Expert plumbers recommend that homeowners know how to recognize the signs that their plumbing systems are malfunctioning and need repairs or replacements. They also need to schedule routine maintenance to prevent major plumbing issues from occurring. This blog post will share some important information for people to know about their plumbing.
The components of the plumbing system homeowners most often use are their plumbing fixtures. Family members use faucets, toilets, and showers daily for basic hygiene. It’s essential for these fixtures to work correctly and for homeowners to spot signs of wear and tear, issues, and inefficiencies as soon as possible.
To make plumbing fixtures more water efficient, helping homeowners save money on water costs, plumbers recommend that homeowners schedule plumbing fixture installations and replace old fixtures with new, more efficient ones, including:
- Low-flow, water-saving toilets use less water per flush, saving water.
- Dual-flush toilets save water by providing different flushing options based on whether the waste is liquid or solid.
- Low-flow showerheads provide quality water pressure while using less water.
- Faucet aerators add air into the water, which allows households to use less water without changing the water pressure.
Common Signs of Plumbing Issues
Plumbing problems can cause significant water damage to a home, cause a spike in water bills, cause a backup, or other issues. Even what might seem like a small leak can waste a ton of water and money. To avoid damage and more costs, plumbers recommend that homeowners understand how to identify the signs that their plumbing systems are malfunctioning so they can quickly schedule repairs.
Some signs of plumbing problems that plumbers recommend property owners watch for include:
- Spikes in the water bill: Unexplained higher water bills indicate water is being wasted from a leak.
- Dripping or leaking: Leaks from any part of the system, including fixtures like faucets, must be fixed quickly. If not fixed right away, it can lead to larger problems and costs.
- Slow drains: Slow-draining sinks, showers, bathtubs, or drains can indicate a clog.
- Clogged toilets: While these can be common, tough clogs or frequently clogging toilets should be handled by a plumber, as they could indicate a clog in the sewer line.
- Low water pressure: Poor water pressure from faucets or showerheads can indicate several issues, such as a leak or a clog in the plumbing system.
- Foul odors: Bad smells coming from the drains and toilets could signal an issue with the sewer line.
- Running toilets: These can annoy households and waste money but can typically be easily repaired by plumbers.
- Discolored water: This can signal corrosion in the water heater or piping system.
Regular Plumbing Maintenance
When plumbers advise homeowners on how to prevent damage to their plumbing system, one of the biggest tips they offer is to schedule annual plumbing maintenance and tune-up services. These appointments will keep plumbing systems working correctly and efficiently and allow plumbers to identify issues and repair them before they get worse – or require emergency plumbing repairs. Plumbing maintenance also helps extend the life expectancy of the plumbing.
During an inspection of a home’s plumbing system, experts will perform the following tasks:
- Check for signs of leaking in faucets, showerheads, and other fixtures.
- Ensure toilets are operating correctly, and check the toilet’s base for leaks.
- Inspect the drains for clogs. If there is a blockage, they will then perform drain cleaning services.
- Check the water pressure.
- Examine the pipes for signs of leaks, aging, and corrosion.
- Inspect the water heater for leaks or corrosion.
- Drain and flush the water heater’s hot water tank to remove corrosive sediment.
- Check the water heater to determine if it is operating correctly and if the anode rod needs to be replaced.
About Serenity Plumbing Inc
Serenity Plumbing Inc. is a family-owned and operated company serving Midlothian and the surrounding areas since 2017. They offer on-time service, straightforward pricing, and the latest technology. Call them today for plumbing services in Midlothian, VA.