Regular Maintenance Can Reduce the Need for Plumbing
Plumbing Repairs are often needed at the spur of the moment. A pipes breaks, the toilet or sink becomes clogged, or suddenly hot water is no longer an option. Sometimes repairs need to be done in order to upgrade the fixtures, or the pipes themselves. Maybe a remodel is being considered that may require new plumbing lines to be put in. There are many reasons to use a professional plumbing service, so it’s a good idea to find one you trust, before an emergency happens.
The Importance of Catching Problems Early
Many plumbing system repairs can be avoided by keeping up with preventative maintenance. Routine maintenance can find problems in the early stages, which will save money in the long run. This includes visually inspecting any plumbing components that are readily accessible, or having an annual inspection done by a professional plumbing service. Upgrading to more energy efficient appliances, such as an HE washer, or installing low-flow shower heads can also decrease water usage and reduce the monthly utility bill. Repairing constantly running toilets and leaky faucets is important, as a single drop per second can add up to 2,800 gallons of wasted water in a year. A tank-less hot water system will save on water usage and lower the heating cost since it only operates when hot water is needed. Of course, only running the dishwasher and washing machine when there’s a full load can help to conserve water usage too.
Inspecting Pipes for Leaks
Leaky pipes can slowly increase the water utility bill, without being detected until a major repair is required. Reduced water pressure, a wet spot in the yard that suddenly appears and discolored water coming through the line are all signs that a pipe may be leaking.MB Plumbing Heating and Air Conditioning in Riverside ca can do an inspection with an electronic device that will determine the exact location of the water leak. In some instances, a plumber may need to charge the line with nitrogen in order to find the actual break in the pipe. Once located, the problem will be assessed to establish the best course of treatment for correcting the damage. In many cases, only a partial section of the pipe will need to be replaced. However, if the pipe has multiple places where leakage is occurring, an entire new line may need to be installed. After a repair has been made to a pipe, it will be pressure checked to ensure that it has a tight seal, so that no more water can escape.
A leaky water line can be the result of ground movement, tree roots that have invaded the pipe, continual high water pressure, or built up mineral deposits and residue that have created a blockage inside of the pipe. Of course, as a pipe ages, it will deteriorate over time and simply wear out.
Maintaining the Hot Water System
The hot water heater in a home or business needs regular maintenance too. Sediment and mineral deposits often accumulate in the bottom of the tank, and around the heating elements. As the sediment builds up, it can cause equipment failure. Having the tank flushed once a year will help to remove this debris and keep the tank running at its maximum potential. The tank also has an Anode rod inside which attracts the sediment away from the elements. Over time, this rod will deteriorate and should be replaced. Without the rod doing its job, the mineral deposits and sediment will begin to eat away at the tank itself. As a result, the tank may suddenly spring a leak, or stop producing hot water.
Regular maintenance needs to include checking the emergency water shutoff valves.
They tend to get overlooked, and may freeze up, making them difficult to operate if an emergency requires the water to be turned off. In order to avoid this scenario, the shutoff valves should be inspected, cleaned and repaired if necessary. If the valves are covered with a lot of corrosion, or haven’t been turned on and off for a long time, hiring MB Plumbing Heating and Air Conditioning to do the inspection is highly recommended. Shutoff valves are located under the sinks, by the toilets and next to the hot water tank. Two other valves are located behind the washing machine where the hoses attach for the hot and cold water. Finally, the main water shutoff valve, that shuts off all of the water running into the house, is located just outside of the building. This should also be serviced to assure that it’s fully functional in an emergency situation.