Should not household plumbing issues still appear to arise at the worst possible times? If we have a friend for a few days or right before we head on the long-awaited vacation, we find a brain-drenching pool of water forming in the basement. Such plumbing conditions will render our crowded lives incredibly inconsiderate. What’s next? We’re all stuck calling a plumber and you know what $entails! The plumbing upgrades don’t really wait for the world to get stronger before they happen. Our pro from Innovative Plumbing & Heating will be giving you some holiday saving tips to help prevent common plumbing emergencies.. Have a look at oncallsc.com for more info on this.
Tip # 1: Clean the hot-water tank regularly. It can be one of the more expensive repairs when plumbing improvements are needed. Changing a hot water tank will end up costing about $1 K , depending on the time of day the plumbing contractor has to come out and the kind of hot water heater that’s in your house. The advantage in saving a couple hundred bucks can be to make a planned adjustment to your hot water tank vs. having to change it in an emergency situation. This should provide you with the ability to browse about and get offers from growing businesses out there. Keep an eye on hot water heater inlet and drain. When they appear like they get oxidized (rusty looking), they’re likely to leak eventually. Using an old tooth brush to determine the pipe’s life expectancy, and configure a tank adjustment accordingly. Pull the safety relief valve, to ensure proper function, at least once every six months. It is not only to detect a possible future leak, but it’s also for protection. For anyone living in the household, a blocked or non-functioning safety relief valve can be very dangerous so make sure it is working properly. If after you remove the safety valve, and after a few minutes it doesn’t quit overflowing with water, that usually means that the valve is tired and it was a matter of time before it started leaking on its own.
Tip # 2: Keep an eye on what the sinks in the house are going down. For those of you who don’t know, it’s not cheap to have a drain cleaning company coming into your home to clear a blocked drain! With my knowledge, unless you have a proper garbage grinder, also known as garburator, I would not recommend putting some food down the drain which is or used to be solids. Coffee grinds are, in my opinion, the worst for creating a clogged drain. The issue with organics in drains is that the downstream side of the blockage continues to harden as it is clear and open to sunlight. These blocked drains may be like getting a rock in them until the organics dry and require some intensive auguring to clean up. As for a sink and shower in the toilet, the most common cause of a clogged drain is usually hair build-up. I’d want to dump down the drain about a liter of chlorine, and let it stay for a few hours. 9/10 What plays many often.
Tip # 3: Measure strength and mineral content of your water. Here in Calgary, it’s a fact of life for plumbers to get calls regarding hard water. The build-up of hard water contaminants takes years off the life expectancy of all devices and accessories. Calcium is typically the primary element that triggers most of the mess. Again, have your water tested and if necessary invest in water treating devices such as water softeners. In the long run, that will save you big time.
Tip # 4: If you are on a private septic system, be very cautious about what substances you bring down the drains. A septic system running on a field discharge depends on the biological operation to break down the waste inside the septic tank. Bleaches, cleaning products, hair dyes, and other contaminants can have a real effect on the septic tank biological process. It can be very costly to have your septic tank clean and reset so watch what you put down your drain.