As a Scottsdale homeowner, it’s essential to keep your plumbing in good condition to avoid costly repairs and water damage. It’s no secret that plumbing can be a bit of a mystery. We often don’t even know what it is that we’re looking at when we go to fix or replace something in our homes. That’s why I want to share some tips for your plumbing maintenance and keeping the system running smoothly all year round.
Add a water softener
If you have hard water, a water softener can help. A water softener is a device that removes the minerals from your water, making it feel softer and better for your plumbing system and skin.
To add a water softener to your home:
Purchase a water softener
You can find models that are designed for the home in most hardware stores. The price will vary depending on the size and features of the device.
Install the device
Most water softeners are installed under the sink in your laundry room or basement. You may need to hire a plumber for this service, but most models come with clear instructions on how to install them yourself.
Test the water
The best way to know if your water softener is working properly is to test it with a hard water test kit. These kits are available at most hardware stores and allow you to measure the number of minerals in your water before and after installation. If you have hard water, you should notice a difference in both readings after installing a softener.
Monitor your water
You should also monitor the condition of your water over time to ensure that it remains soft. If you notice that the hardness levels are creeping back up or if the unit starts malfunctioning, you may need to have it repaired or replaced.
Replace your showerhead with a low-flow model
If you’re like most homeowners, your showerhead likely uses more water than it needs to. A low-flow model can help save money and improve environmental impact by using less water.
Low-flow showerheads are designed to use less water without sacrificing performance or comfort. They often have better spray patterns and flow rates than traditional models because they have smaller openings in their heads (the part that sprays out).
For example, A standard rainfall head uses 2 gallons per minute (GPM). If we take this same rainfall head and reduce its GPM down to 1 GPM, we’ll see an immediate drop in consumption–from 2 gallons per minute down to 1 gallon per minute! These types of reductions mean big savings over time. Imagine what happens when every home in Scottsdale makes this simple change.
Make sure the kitchen sink doesn’t leak and that the P-trap is in place and working properly.
You can check for leaks by putting a few drops of food coloring in the drain and waiting an hour or so. If you see color in your sink, that’s a sign that water is leaking out and going down into the pipes.
If you have a p-trap installed under your sink (a U-shaped pipe that prevents sewer gasses from escaping), make sure it’s working properly by checking for leaks around its connections to other pipes or fixtures like faucets and dishwashers. If you find any signs of corrosion or damage, call a professional plumber to replace them with new ones.
Finally, if your sink drain is leaking at all–even just slightly–you’ll want to replace it as soon as possible! These parts are inexpensive enough that there’s no reason not to swap out old ones for new ones if they’ve become worn down over time
Clean out your garbage disposal regularly, or replace it before it breaks down completely.
When you’re cleaning out the sink and drain, don’t forget about your garbage disposal. Removing food particles from this area can help prevent them from clogging up the drain and causing sewage backups.
If you’re not sure how often to clean out your garbage disposal, try using one of these methods:
Use a disposer cleaner every few months
These products are designed specifically for this purpose, so they’ll get rid of any buildup or grime that might be stuck inside them. They also come in different scents (like citrus or mint) so you can choose whichever one suits your taste best.
Use an auger tool
Use this every few months before using any products–it works just as well without costing anything extra. We recommend calling us first before trying any DIY fixes yourself. We could prevent possible problems that are just waiting to happen.
Check for leaks in toilets and faucets
To check for leaks in toilets, place a few drops of food coloring into the tank. If you see color in the toilet bowl after about 30 minutes, you may have a leaky flapper or ballcock.
Check faucets for leaks by turning off the water supply to that fixture and placing a drop of food coloring on each screw that holds together its valve assembly. If you notice colored water coming out from under any valve when it’s turned back on again, there’s probably an internal leak somewhere within your plumbing system.
Use vinegar or baking soda as a natural drain cleaner that won’t damage pipes or create toxic fumes when you flush it down the toilet or sink drain
Vinegar and baking soda are two natural cleaners that can be used to clean your drains. Vinegar is acidic, which means it will help dissolve the gunk in your pipes and prevent clogs from forming. Baking soda has a neutral pH level, so it won’t damage pipes or create toxic fumes when you flush it down the toilet or sink drain.
To use either of these substances as a drain cleaner:
Pour about one cup of vinegar into your drain (for sinks) or bathtub (for showers) with running water; let sit for 30 minutes before rinsing with hot water; repeat if necessary.
Add 1/4 cup baking soda to hot water before pouring down any drains to create a foaming action that will help to remove clogs; let it sit for 15 minutes before rinsing with hot water. Repeat as necessary.
Fix leaking outdoor faucets when possible so the water doesn’t soak the ground around your home, creating an expensive problem later on
If you can fix it yourself, try replacing the washer in the faucet and then turn on the water to see if that fixes it. If not, call a plumber or ask a friend or family member for help with this task–it shouldn’t cost too much money and should only take about 15 minutes of their time.
If you don’t know how to fix it yourself, consider hiring a professional. This will be more expensive, but it will also ensure that the problem is resolved quickly and correctly. If you can’t afford to hire a plumber, try asking around for recommendations from friends or family who have had plumbing issues in the past.
Consider purchasing an automatic shutoff valve to protect against flooding if you lose power during a storm or other disaster situation
An automatic shutoff valve is a good investment for any Scottsdale homeowner. These valves can be installed in the basement or on the outside of your home, depending on what works best for you. They are relatively easy to install yourself, but if you’re not comfortable doing so, it’s recommended that you hire a professional plumber to do it for you.
An automatic shutoff valve will help prevent flooding in case of power loss by automatically shutting off water flow when there is no electricity running through your pipes. This means that even if something goes wrong during a storm or other disaster situation (such as an earthquake), there won’t be any additional damage done beyond what already occurred due to the lack of power supply being available anymore.
Inspect water heaters
Your water heater is an integral part of your household, so you should have it inspected every year. A professional plumber can check for signs of wear and tear, ensure that the temperature and pressure relief valves are working correctly, and make sure everything is running safely. Have a professional plumber inspect your water heater annually.
They may also be able to provide recommendations on how to use and maintain your water heater if needed or find other ways you can save money on your hot water usage.
Test water pressure
Testing your home’s water pressure is an important part of plumbing maintenance. High water pressure can cause damage to your pipes and appliances, leading to costly repairs. Here are some reasons why it’s important to test your water pressure regularly:
Protects your pipes
High water pressure can cause damage to your pipes, leading to leaks and burst pipes. Testing your water pressure regularly can help identify any issues before they become a bigger problem.
High water pressure can cause your water heater to work harder, which can increase your energy bills. By testing and adjusting your water pressure, you can help your appliances run more efficiently and save on energy costs.
Prevents water waste
High water pressure can cause water to be wasted through leaks and other issues. By testing your water pressure, you can identify any leaks or other issues and prevent water waste.
High water pressure can be dangerous, especially for young children and the elderly. Testing your water pressure regularly can help ensure that your home’s plumbing system is safe for everyone.
Insulating pipes in colder climates is an essential part of preventing frozen and burst pipes. When water freezes inside a pipe, it expands, causing the pipe to burst. Burst pipes can cause significant damage to your home and require costly repairs. Here are some reasons why insulating pipes is important:
Prevents frozen pipes
Insulating pipes helps prevent them from freezing in cold temperatures. When pipes are insulated, they retain more heat, which keeps the water inside from freezing.
Reduces energy costs
Insulating pipes can help reduce energy costs by keeping hot water hot and cold water cold. Insulated pipes lose less heat, which means that your water heater doesn’t have to work as hard to keep the water at the desired temperature.
Increases the lifespan of your plumbing system
Insulating pipes can help extend the lifespan of your plumbing system by reducing the risk of burst pipes. Burst pipes can cause significant damage to your home and require costly repairs.
Provides peace of mind
Insulating pipes provide peace of mind knowing that your plumbing system is protected from cold temperatures. You can rest assured that your pipes won’t freeze and burst, causing damage to your home.
Schedule regular maintenance
Regular maintenance is a key factor in keeping your plumbing system in good condition. Annual maintenance by a professional plumber can help prevent plumbing issues before they become a problem. Here are some benefits of hiring a professional plumber for regular maintenance:
Early detection of problems
A professional plumber can identify any potential problems with your plumbing system during a routine maintenance visit. This can help prevent small problems from becoming more significant issues down the road.
Regular maintenance can help improve the efficiency of your plumbing system. A professional plumber can identify any inefficiencies in your system and make adjustments to improve its performance.
Regular maintenance can extend the lifespan of your plumbing system. By addressing any issues early on, you can avoid costly repairs and replacements down the road.
A professional plumber can ensure that your plumbing system is functioning safely. They can check for gas leaks, carbon monoxide leaks, and other potential hazards to keep you and your family safe.
Peace of mind
Regular maintenance can provide peace of mind knowing that your plumbing system is in good condition. You can rest assured that your plumbing system is functioning correctly and won’t cause any unexpected problems.
We hope this list of tips has given you some ideas on how to keep your plumbing system running smoothly.
By following these plumbing maintenance tips, you can keep your plumbing system in good condition and avoid costly repairs. If you have any plumbing issues, it’s important to address them promptly to prevent further damage.