Regular plumbing maintenance Adelaide and troubleshooting in a new home is always a good idea. Many people tend to forget about their plumbing when it’s working well. When it starts to fail, they panic and often spend lots of money on repairs that could have been prevented if only they had taken the time to do simple, low-cost or cost-free things to make sure their plumbing stayed in working order.
Know the system
The first thing the new homeowner should do is learn where their plumbing is and how it works. A surprising number of people, for example, don’t know where their septic tank or its drainage field are located. They should have the contractor who installed their plumbing show them where the roof and stack vents are, where the cold and hot water supply pipes are, where the water supply is kept, where the water meter is, and where the drains and traps are. The plumber might give them tips on how to winterize their system and do minor repairs.
Some Maintenance Tips
The plumbing in a new home might be pristine, but it won’t stay that way for long. Among the tasks a homeowner can use to keep their plumbing in good shape are:
* Once a month flush the drains with a solution of vinegar, boiling water and baking soda. This will help dislodge clogs and is gentler than the harsh drain cleaners that are bought in the stores. It’s also considerably less expensive.
* Flush toilets once in a while and let the water run from faucets and showers now and again if they’re rarely used. This will also keep the pipes in good repair.
* Regularly inspect the pipes in the basement, attic or the crawl space beneath the house to make sure there are no leaks.
* Have a plumber check the water heater at least once a year.
* Don’t pour harsh chemicals, acids or other damaging substances down the drains because they are likely to kill the anaerobic bacteria that work in most septic tanks. Even coffee grounds and dyed toilet tissue can be problematic.
* Have the septic tank inspected by a plumbing service company every two years or so. The homeowner should keep a record of how often the septic tank has been checked so the inspections can be done at regular intervals.
* Another reason a homeowner should know where the septic tank is is to avoid driving cars or trucks over it. The weight of a car or truck can make the tank cave in. Again, the plumber or septic service professional who installed the tank can let the homeowner know where it is.