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Small Changes That Go a Long Way: Plumb Smarter with These Tips

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If you take care of your plumbing, it will take care of you. Like other components of your home, your plumbing system ages and will break down over time. If you do preventive maintenance, you can extend the lifespan of your plumbing system.

This will reduce repair and operational costs, not to mention give you peace of mind. Not sure where to begin? Let us guide you with our handy list of tips and tricks below.

Water Pressure Adjustment

nsplashThere is no denying that having a hot, strong spray in the shower is welcome at the end of a long day, but if you knew what the strength of the water was doing to your plumbing system, you would change your mind.

High water pressure strains your plumbing and can cause breakage, which will, in turn, lead to plumbing leaks and water damage. Every month or so, check out the pressure reading. If your water pressure exceeds 80 psi, it is recommended that you turn it down to the 40-65 psi range.

Hair Traps and Your Drains

nsplashSome of the most stubborn clogs can be attributed to hair gathering in your drains. You can prevent this problem pretty easily by placing hair traps over your drain.

Usually made of a fine mesh that lets water pass, but catches the hair, hair traps are inexpensive and effective. They clean easily too.

The Local Regulations and Your Plumbing

nsplashWant to ensure that your plumbing is of acceptable quality to serve you for years to come? Make sure that repairs or renovations match the standards set by your local department.

Not only will your compliance protect your home, but it will also keep you from having to re-do the job down the road. It may seem like a hassle or maybe even an expense not worth taking on, but this is time and money well spent.

Drain Cleaning: What You Need to Know

nsplashYou can keep water flowing freely in your home by making sure that there aren’t things in your pipes that don’t belong in your plumbing.

Supervise children to make sure that they don’t use too much toilet paper. Put food scraps in the garbage or compost instead of down the sink drains.

Getting a professional drain cleaning can help to keep bad smells away as well as ensure that you don’t have to deal with clogs from residue. Smart plumbing tricks don’t take long to execute but make a big difference in how your plumbing operates.

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