From blocked drains to leaking taps: Here are 6 tips to maintain your plumbing

Posted on 23th November 2018

If you are like most people, you probably won’t think about your home’s plumbing until there is a problem. Which is understandable: you know that Sydney’s 24/7 plumbers Emergency Plumbers will provide you with all your plumbing needs: from fixing leaking taps Sydney, to blocked drains and repairs and not to mention the best hot water installation.

However, the truth is most people aren’t aware that there are simple things that they can do to maintain their plumbing.

By following these 6 tips from Emergency Plumbers, you can help prevent little problems from escalating into big ones, as well as save yourself some money.

1. Look out for water leaks

Small water leaks can be very misleading, and if not tended to early, it can lead to a big headache later. Leaking taps Sydney, dampness or wetness around refrigerators and cabinets are all warning signs that something is wrong. Not only can this cost you a lot of money in the long run, these problems can suddenly escalate into a big problem as well, causing extensive water damage that is very costly to repair.

2. Don’t use your toilet as a garbage can

It’s a misconception held by a lot of people that if it’s soft or small enough, you can just flush It down the toilet. Even if something is labelled ‘flushable’, it’s best to throw it in the bin when disposing of it. Hygiene products such as cleaning wipes, cotton buds and make-up removal pads can lead to blocking.

3. Learn how to fix some plumbing problems yourself

Knowing a little can go a long way when it comes to maintaining your pipes. Having a simple toolkit that includes the pipe wrench, basin wrench and toilet plunger will show you that you can do more than you think.

4. Check water pressure

Your water pressure should be between 40-85 psi. Anything more than this puts strain on your home’s plumbing system. You can check this using a water gauge.

5. Know how to shut of your water supply

It is important to not only know how to shut off your home’s water supply (via the main shut-off valve) but also how to shut off the supply to individual appliances. This will help stop overflowing quicker and reduce the amount of time mopping up after.

6. Cleaning and unclogging your drains

If you can unclog a pipe physically, that is usually the simplest and most effective answer. But if you can’t – or would rather not – one effective method is using baking soda and vinegar. We at Emergency Plumbers recommend mixing 1/3rd cup of baking soda and 1/3rd a cup of vinegar. Pour it down the clogged drain and let it sit for at least an hour. Flush with hot water. The fizzy reaction of the chemicals will help to remove things such as grime and hair.

Emergency Plumbers are available 24/7. For all your plumbing needs, contact us at 1300 237 246.