Keeping the plumbing in your home in good shape will help you to avoid sudden and expensive plumbing repair bills. Your water supply lines, drain pipes, and water heater experience wear and tear each day. With just a little attention, you should get years of use from them. Here is how to make sure you get the most life from your household plumbing.

Water Supply Lines

These bring water in from the city water supply. The cold water side goes directly to your faucets. A line goes into your water heater and then hot water travels out to the faucets. In most homes, these pipes will be copper and any connections to other pipes will be welded. The problems that can arise in these pipes include

  • weak or broken welds
  • mineral deposits that reduce water flow
  • leaking shutoff valves

Have a local plumbing services company come to your home and inspect the pipes, connections, and valves. Welded connections that are weak can be repaired or replaced. The plumber will replace worn washers in leaking water shutoff valves. If you're experiencing lower water pressure than normal, they can identify pipes that have a mineral build-up and replace them.

Drain Pipes

A number of drain pipes in your house carry waste water to the city sewer from your sinks, tubs, showers, toilets, and washing machine. Each one of these has the potential to clogging up. Material can build up slowly in these drains restricting the flow. When a drain stops working completely, it can be the result of months of build-up. If you are too aggressive when trying to unclog the drain, you risk rupturing a pipe. This is an expensive repair, especially if any excavation must be done to uncover the pipe.

Regular maintenance by a drain cleaning service to keep your drains flowing freely will prevent this from happening. They can check all of your drain pipes and run a snake through those running slowly to break up any material collecting in the pipes. If you have an older home, it's wise to have them also do a visual check of drain pipes that run outside. Roots can grow into those pipes, weakening them and causing clogs.

Water Heater

Mineral deposits can settle out of the water and into the steel holding tank of your water heater. These can cause the tank to rust over the years. Eventually the rust can weaken the walls of the tank, causing it to rupture. Months before that happens, your water pressure can drop and the water may be brown and have a foul smell.

Licensed plumbing contractors can flush your water heater every year, removing any sediment and rusting. This will prolong the life of the water tank, and your water heater. These are expensive to replace so a little annual maintenance will prolong that event as long as possible.

Make it a point to have your household plumbing inspected and any problems addressed each year. You'll save yourself the hassle of dealing with leaks, clogs and no hot water by being proactive. Contact a professional like Jim Dhamer Plumbing & Sewer, Inc. for assistance.