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Over time your plumbing system is going to have problems. That's just a fact of life. But there are some things that you can do to help minimize the problems and make sure that you and your family don't have to deal with quite as much stress. So, what are those things? What could you be doing around your Katy, TX home to make sure you don't have to deal with a lot of plumbing problems? Well, your local plumber would have a whole lot to tell you about that.
Watch for Leaks
The first thing you should be doing is checking for any kind of leaks but definitely the more obvious ones. You may not pay attention to that faucet that drips every so often or the fact that you or your little one don't always remember to close the taps all the way. At least, not until you get your water bill and it's far larger than you thought it would be. Even minor leaks can cost you a lot of money and they can lead to mold, mildew and health problems for your family. Not to mention damage to your drain system. Talking with a plumber can help you with this.
Drain strainers are like a sheet that goes over the top of your drain. You might have one already in your kitchen, which keeps food particles from going down into the drain. But you can get different ones for different drains in your home. You can even get them for showers to make sure hair and debris can't get into the drain. There are some that have smaller holes and collect smaller particles and some that are larger. Even a larger one is going to make a difference and could reduce the risk of clogs in your home, which means less calling the plumber.
Check the Water Heater
In some instances you may be able to drain out a little of the water heater to make sure that there's no excess sediment down inside of it. This can help you to reduce the risk of problems in the water heater. This, however, isn't something that you want to be taking on for yourself. Instead, make sure that you call a professional plumber to come out to your home and look at the water heater. They can make sure they're draining off the right amount of water and that they're checking the interior of the water heater for any form of damage that could get worse.
Another step on your water heater is to keep the temperature at a set level. Turning it up may seem nice when you're taking a shower and want to keep it warm but too high of heat can actually damage your plumbing. Less than 120 degrees Fahrenheit is a good temperature and safer for your entire system. If you're currently exceeding this temperature talk with your local plumber about what to do about it.
Do you think about checking your washing machine when you're doing the laundry? Most people think about checking the lint trap in the dryer at least most of the time and clear that out but there's actually something similar in the washing machine too, and most people never even notice. The problem is that the washing machine is connected into your drains and when that trap doesn't get cleaned out or even just when you're washing clothes a lot of lint and particles get swept into your drain.
Your air conditioner is another important thing that you want to have a plumber take a look at. Even if you have a portable or window unit you can talk with your local plumber about it. They may be able to help you figure out problems and take care of them before they can turn into something more serious. When the weather starts getting warm you definitely don't want to be without your air conditioner, right? And getting it taken care of before that time is going to help you out immensely.
If you have a sump pump this is something you should be checking periodically and this part you can start on your own. Putting some water into the sump pump is a good way to check it and once you dump that water in you should see the sump pump immediately start to work. If it does and it goes through an entire cycle then you might be okay. If it doesn't you need to call a professional plumber right away. In fact, you may want to call a plumber to take a look at the sump pump every season or at least every few months anyway, just to be sure.
When the weather gets warmer you're going to have more rain and that means you need your drain pipes. You need them to clear out any of the water that gets up on top of your house and get it away from the bottom of the house. So, check the drain pipes all the way from the top of the house to the bottom. Check for cracks, damage and anything that's pointing toward your foundation. Fixing all of these things is going to help you keep your home protected from rain and more serious problems this season.
When it comes to preparing for the warmer seasons you want to make sure that you and your family are going to be comfortable, right? You want to make sure you can cut down on the number of times you need to call a plumber and that's what all of these tips are going to help with. If you still need someone, however, make sure you call Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of Houston. Your Katy, TX home is going to be in good hands with us. We treat everyone the way we would want our family to be treated and our plumbers are ready to go.