The one thing we hate to see as a plumbing company is a massive water damage event that could have been prevented by us with some in-expensive troubleshooting. You would be surprised at how often it happens. Especially for people that have a second home and leave for the summer only to come back in the late fall to discover they have a huge mess on their hands.
We asked our friends at RestorationEze of Tampa what they encounter the most as a water damage repair contractor, and the answers weren’t too surprising but we wanted to share.
Water heater failures
A water heater, if properly maintained, will last around 10-12 years. How well have you maintained yours? Have you had a licensed plumber troubleshoot it each year? Have you drained it twice a year? If the answer to those is no and you’re coming up on year 15 for your water heater, the reality is that you are playing with fire. A proper inspection of a water heater by a certified plumber should be able to see warning signs and allow you to take the proper actions.
Supply line failures
These can be catastrophic because of the amount of water pressure in these lines. The most common problems come from the supply lines to toilets and washing machines, but the reality is any plumbing system that is fed water is at risk of failing.
Schedule a whole home plumbing inspection!
So how do you avoid costly water damage services? Well, there is no sure-fire way to prevent them, but there are things you can do to make the chances of it happening to you very small. And the single best thing you can do is allow a licensed plumber to come out to your home to perform a complete plumbing system inspection. Once the inspection is complete, we’ll be able to walk you through every single item we’ve diagnoses, point out any potential problems, and then talk through our recommended action steps. At that point, you can decide how best to move forward!
As you can see in the video below, plumbing issues are quite prevalent and without a trained eye, the damage they cause can go unseen…that is until it becomes a huge problem and you’re left with a massive amount of home water damage!
When you’re talking about your plumbing system, you’re talking about a crucial piece of the puzzle that keeps your home functioning and you comfortable. And it’s tentacles spread for and wide within your home’s complex comfort systems. From a water heater, to a toilet to the ice maker in your fridge, many people take for granted their home’s plumbing…right up until it fails them. But with a little due diligence and proactive maintenance, you can keep everything working properly and end up saving yourself a bundle from needing to hire a plumber.
Bathroom plumbing tips
Here are some simple things you can do to keep everything in your bathroom working properly!
if a guest bathroom isn’t be used, you’ll want to run hot water down both the sink drain and the shower drain to keep everything flowing smoothly.
add a strainer to your shower drain to catch hair before it enters the drainage pipe. Overtime, that build up can cause major problems, and pouring Draino or other liquid drain cleaning solutions down your drain will eat into the pipes themselves over time. Once that happens, you could have significant water damage.
don’t put items down your toilet except for toilet paper.
Kitchen plumbing tips
There’s a handful of systems in your kitchen that rely on a properly functioning plumbing system in order to do their jobs. Here are some ways you can do your part to make sure that they keep working for a long time!
the garbage disposal is a common system that gets abused in modern households. The reality is you can’t put everything down it! Fibrous foods like onions and celery along with starches like rice and even leafy greens will easily cause clogs in your garbage disposal.
pouring grease down your kitchen sink drain is a recipe for disaster. Even if you run hot water while pouring the grease, you’re just prolonging when that grease will congeal and block your drain. Should it happen in the pipe that ties into the sewer system, it can cause a nasty sewage backup that can cause a significant amount of damage to your home.
clean the aerator within your sink faucet regularly to remove mineral deposits.
regularly check the supply lines to your faucet as well as the supply line to the ice maker in your fridge. If you notice any weaknesses in the lines, you’ll want to replace them immediately!
Maintaining a hot water heater
Lowes has a very good step by step tutorial on easy hot water heater maintenance steps you should take every 6 months to make sure it works as designed, but here is a quick rundown of those things. Make sure to visit their site for a complete rundown of how to accomplish these steps if you don’t know how:
check the pressure valve
flush the tank
make sure the pilot is working properly
check for leaks and drips at the connections of the supply lines and replace as needed
By just doing these simple things, you can head off lots of problems that can be expensive fixes!