Most people think of plumbing no more than they think of their toilets, and it’s easy to take them for granted. They work in the background, so usually we only think about them when they’re not working properly. But at Plumb Straight Plumbing Inc., we believe that taking a few minutes out of your day to consider how to make your plumbing system last longer can be a headache saved down the line.
In today’s post, we talk about three tips for heading off expensive plumbing problems.
Install a water softener. Most of the time, water that comes out of your faucet is hard. Hard water still has traces of minerals in it, like calcium and magnesium, that are by-products of the water purification process. Over time, these minerals can build up on your plumbing pipes, which can create blockages and even corrode the pipes themselves.
Some districts purify and soften water, but if yours doesn’t, you’ll need to install a water softener. You can install it on your main water line, which will soften the water before you use it.
Purify your water. In many cases, drinking out of the faucet is harmless, but it really depends on your local situation. Flooding after heavy rain, for example, means the soil and impurities that have settled at the bottom of your water purifying plant may have mixed with regular water, so your water may be tinged with contaminants.
While it looks crystal clear, the naked eye can’t see bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms that could pose a health problem. Avoid an expensive trip to the emergency room by installing an under-sink reverse osmosis system, which will obliterate most harmful microbes before they can create health issues.
Consider a leak detector. If you’re upgrading to a smart home anyway, why not invest in a wifi-enabled leak detector? These smart devices can notify you if your sinks, washing machine or water heater overflow, which can allow you to call a plumbing specialist to address it. A leak that can cause water damage, especially to your electrical lines, is far too expensive an alternative.
Call us today for more tips regarding the care of your plumbing system. Plumb Straight Plumbing Inc. is the top plumbing expert in the area—and you don’t have to take our word for it. To learn more about us and the testimonials of our satisfied customers, call us at (904) 327-9972 or fill out our contact form.