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4 Tips to Extend The Life of Your Plumbing

Thursday, May 17th, 2018

Can you really extend the life of your plumbing? Of course you can! Your plumbing doesn’t have to degrade and fall apart. While a home’s plumbing system is one of the complex things in your house, there are a few simple things you can do to make sure it’s operating at peak performance, and able to last as long as possible.

1. Don’t Skip on Routine Maintenance

Like your car, you need to have your plumbing inspected periodically by a professional. Most problems with your plumbing aren’t noticeable right away. In fact, it could take years before you might realize you have an issue with your plumbing system, and by then, it may be too late. There’s almost nothing else in your life you rely on as much as your plumbing, so you don’t want it to reach the point where major renovations are necessary. Having a plumber come in on a regular basis to maintain and inspect your plumbing is the best way to keep major repairs to a minimum.

2. Rely on Professionals to Clean Your Drains

The most obvious incidents of plumbing trouble are when a drain clogs up. When a drain clogs, you have no choice but to deal with it. The good news is there are plenty of products on the market you can buy which can clear out your drain. The bad news is these are terrible for your plumbing. It’s tempting to think you can buy an inexpensive drain cleaner to solve your problems, but the chemicals used in these products can do tremendous damage to your drains, particularly if they’re used repeatedly. When you have a clog that requires service, bite the bullet and hire professional rooters. They can resolve the clogged drain without doing any damage to your plumbing.

3. Treat Hard Water

PIPES

Hard water sounds scary, but it just means your water has high concentrations of magnesium and calcium. This can make it more difficult to clean things, but they’re harmless chemicals to ingest, so treating hard water is not a health issue. It is, however, a health issue for your pipes. Hard water can cause buildup over time that leads to clogs, further damaging your pipes. If you live in a community that delivers hard water, the best solution is to have a professional install a water softener. Water softeners remove the minerals from your water that make the water hard, and can do wonders for extending the life of your plumbing.

4. Don’t Hesitate to Call for Repairs

You can’t do everything by yourself. While it may seem tempting to try to fix a plumbing issue with a store-bought solution, or to just ignore the problem until it goes away, the fact is plumbing problems aren’t going to solve themselves. The longer you wait before calling a professional, the more expensive your plumbing issue is likely to be. Having a professional plumber analyze and fix whatever ails your plumbing system is the best way to ensure a long life for your home’s plumbing.

The important thing is to stay ahead of the game. Contact The Pink Plumber to have your plumbing serviced, and follow these few simple rules, and you’re going to get the most out of your plumbing system.

Hard Water Truth

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Hard water contains significant amounts of dissolved mineral content such as magnesium and calcium. The water picks up the mineral content most often as it percolates underground through porous deposits of limestone and chalk. Private wells are more susceptible to the problem, since the water derives from the ground and often enters the household untreated. Water with a high mineral content can wreak havoc on your home’s plumbing system and the damage is not limited to just the pipes. The following post will outline the consequences of hard water and the steps you can take to prevent it.

Health

Everyone needs a certain amount of minerals in their body to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The minerals mentioned above—calcium and magnesium—are necessary to maintain strong bones and process fats and proteins within your body. However, large doses of these minerals could have an adverse effect on your health, causing problems such as fatigue, diarrhea and even nausea.

Pipes

Water containing large amounts of minerals can cause significant damage to your home’s plumbing system, especially your pipes. As time passes, mineral and scale will stick the insides of your pipes reducing water flow and causing a loss of water pressure. In addition, the nasty scale will attach to the surface of your plumbing fixtures—faucets, sinks and tubs—and can be quite difficult to remove.

Appliances

The damage does not stop with your pipes. Your home’s water-using appliances are also susceptible to the effects of hard water. Water heaters, dishwashers, garbage disposals, washing machines and toilets use water on a daily basis. All of them incorporate tubes, pipes and valves to perform their prescribed duties. Over time, as their components succumb to scale and mineral build up, they will lose their efficiency and use more energy, water and even detergent. Not only will this drive up your utility bills, but also detergent use washing even more of your hard-earned money down the drain.

Steps you can take

Discuss with your plumbing contractor ways you can fight hard water in your home. Having your water tested to identify contaminates can help to ascertain not only the level of contaminates but also other harmful substances that could be present in your water supply. This will provide your plumber with the information necessary to address the problem. Most often, the solution is to install a high-efficient water softener to filter out the minerals and soften the water. However, in severe cases, when pipes have lost water pressure and appliances have lost their efficiency, replacing these items could be necessary.

For answers to your questions, contact The Pink Plumber today.