Knowing how to make your pipes last longer will save you more than a few dollars down the road. Taking a shower, washing dishes, flushing the toilet—your plumbing system never gets a break! However, all this wear and tear can wreak havoc if you’re not careful. Here’s how you can protect your plumbing and keep them in tiptop shape.
Can’t Handle the Pressure
While low water pressure can be a slight annoyance in the shower, high water pressure creates its own set of problems. If the water pressure in your pipes is too high, it can wear out your plumbing. Putting them under too much pressure may even cause them to burst! Make sure the PSI in your home stays below 85 at all times. If the water pressure continues to rise above that magic number, it’s time to phone a plumber for help.
All Leaks Are Bad Leaks
Even the smallest, the most seemingly benign leak may wear out your pipes prematurely. Think of it this way—a small drip still puts your plumbing system to work. Any water that travels through the pipes will wear out the lining and connections over time. All leaks start small, and as the problem grows, so will the damage to your pipes. Repair leaking faucets and pipes as soon as you notice them.
Think Before You Flush
There’s a reason you have a trash can in your bathroom—you can’t simply flush everything down the toilet. Anything you put down a drain enters the maze below your home. Trash, feminine products, wet wipes, rocks, and food have no place in your toilet. Flushing unapproved items will clog your pipes, and you may end up with a bigger problem on your hands.
Pipes Love Preventative Maintenance
Of course, no matter how careful you are with your plumbing system, all pipes wear out at some point. It’s best to catch these problems in the early stages before they become more complicated—and costly—to fix. Annual preventative maintenance is one of the best ways to stop plumbing issues before they get out of hand.
Armor Plumbing can tackle any pipe situation that may arise. Even the biggest problems are no match for our skilled team. Our licensed plumbers have the tools and training necessary to keep your pipes in working condition. Connect with us online to find out how we can make your pipes last longer.