It’s easy to forget how essential pipes are to your home when you don’t see them. Hidden behind the walls and dug in the ground, they silently do their job of providing water for your needs. However, as with everything in your house, they don’t last forever and need maintenance. Failing to maintain your lines will eventually result in plumbing problems that require costly repair. Don’t let it happen to your home! Here are some tips to take care of your pipes:
It’s very important to know the type of sewer pipe used in your home because different materials have different lifespans. If your house was built in the late ‘40s or early ‘70s, there is a chance you have orangeburg pipes. Why does it matter? This type of sewer pipe often presents structural issues after 30 years of use, causing decreased water flows and raising your water bill. Call a plumber to assess the need for a repair or a replacement.
While trees are wonderful to filter the air we breathe and greenify our urban centers, they also pose a risk to your pipes. Tree roots grow in the direction of the water. For that reason, even the slightest underground pipe leak can cause tree roots to invade and gradually fill the inside of your pipes. If you’ve been noticing slow household drains, it’s time to call a plumber!
Some homeowners like to make changes to their houses every once in a while. If this sounds like you, here’s a plumbing tip: Replace your pipes when you renovate your kitchen, bathroom, or basement. You’ll probably need to knock down walls, so use that as an opportunity to inspect your lines and replace them. By doing that, you not only prevent plumbing issues but also avoid having to knock the walls down again to reach your pipes.
We hope these tips will help you keep your lines in good shape. Don’t forget about the importance of preventive maintenance and count on us to take care of all your plumbing needs! Check all our locations on our website or call us at (800) 768-6911.