Answer a question for us, and be honest: When was the last time you thought about your plumbing system without it breaking down on you? Most homeowners don’t devote any thought to their plumbing systems unless they develop some kind of problem. If you want to get the best possible return on investment for your plumbing system, though, you need to take some proactive steps. Read on to find out more about how to keep your plumbing system in the best possible shape.
Schedule Preventive Maintenance
Plumbing problems are just as common as problems with other home systems. However, it can be quite a bit more difficult to detect plumbing issues. This is because plumbing problems don’t present obvious symptoms much of the time unless they’ve had quite a bit of opportunity to develop. Most homeowners don’t notice that their plumbing systems are in need of repairs until they have suffered extensive damage. This is obviously not ideal. The best way to prevent your system from taking a lot of damage from various problems is to catch them before they start to display symptoms. That means scheduling preventive maintenance.
Your plumber will closely examine your plumbing system during a preventive maintenance appointment, looking for any areas that look to be developing issues. These areas can be repaired long before they develop far enough to cause serious problems for the system. Provided you’re careful about scheduling preventive maintenance at least once a year, you can both save a lot of money on repairs and increase the effective lifespan of your system.
Call for Repairs When Necessary
Even if you call for plumbing maintenance consistently, you still need to keep an eye out for any warning signs that the system needs repairs. No amount of maintenance is 100% effective, and it’s almost certain that you’ll need to deal with a problem of some kind between maintenance appointments at some point in your system’s lifespan. Some warning signs that your plumbing system is in trouble include:
- Loss of Water Pressure: Typically one of the first signs that homeowners notice that there’s a problem with their plumbing system. Loss of water pressure is usually a sign of a leak or blockage in the plumbing system, something that should be addressed as soon as possible.
- Rising Monthly Bills: Water bills that seem to be rising for no apparent reason tend to indicate that water is leaving the system, even if no plumbing appliances are in use. That means that you likely have a leak somewhere in the system.
- Water Damage: Keep an eye out for any signs of water damage on your walls, floors, or ceilings. It’s possible that a pinhole leak has been rotting out the area for quite some time, in which case you should call for repairs right away to limit further damage.
Pipeworks Inc. provides a full range of plumbing maintenance and repair services throughout Bloomington, IL. If you need plumbing services of any kind, contact us today to schedule an appointment.