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Best Practices to Keep Leaks To a Minimum

leaking-drain-pipeNo one wants to have a leaking pipe in their home. But ignoring the signs of a leak is a recipe for disaster. We always advise getting leaks found and fixed as quickly as possible to avoid additional trouble in your home. That’s one of the many reasons that we provide emergency plumbing in Ontario, since we know that plumbing issues pretty much never show up at a convenient time.

We aren’t just there for you when you have an emergency though. We want to help you keep things as calm and effective as possible in your home. With that said, let’s look at some of the best ways you can help take care of your plumbing to prevent leaks…or at least keep them to a minimum!

5 Ways to Keep Leaks To a Minimum in Your Home

You want to avoid leaks as much as possible. Here are some ways to keep them to an absolute minimum.

1. Schedule video pipe inspection regularly

Video pipe inspections are a great way to check on the condition of your home’s pipes. This includes the pipes that provide and drain away water. Having a video pipe inspection can allow you to see if there is trouble brewing in your pipeline, such as sediment build-up, so you know if and when to get it addressed before it starts eating away at your pipes.

2. Keep your drain pipes as clean as possible

Your drains are especially susceptible to waste buildup, whether it is from your kitchen or your bathroom. Keeping that build-up to a minimum prevents the waste products from sticking to your pipes, reducing the drainage of water and eating away at the pipes themselves. Scheduling drain cleaning once a year or every couple of years can help to keep your drain lines in prime condition. Plus, it will help you avoid the need to battle with clogs!

3. Consider a water treatment system to reduce scaling

California is a great place but it also has pretty hard water. While this isn’t harmful to human health (unless there is an excess of lead of course), it can cause problems for your plumbing. Hard water can leave sediment and mineral deposits in your pipes that can create scaling after a long enough time. Once this occurs, you will have to replace your pipes. You can avoid this issue with the use of a water treatment system that addresses that sediment, salt, and other particulates that would mess with your pipes otherwise.

4. Always get professional service when you notice trouble

We know that there are plenty of DIY videos and walkthroughs online to reference if you ever want to try your hand at fixing your plumbing. However, we maintain that it is always best to go with professional service to get the job done correctly and safely. This can help you avoid water damage and other additional trouble in your home.

5. Update old piping when needed

Have an older home with still older piping? It may be ready to be replaced! If you’ve already been doing frequent battle with leaks in the home that never seems to resolve, then it might be a good idea to replace some of those leaking pipes instead of patching them. Repiping is a more intense solution that can also be a great idea should you have 50+-year-old piping.

Whatever your plumbing issue, we are here to help. We don’t charge by the hour, We charge by the job! Contact Sweetwater Plumbing to schedule your plumbing service.


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