They say that ‘prevention is better than cure’ and when it comes to your plumbing it’s very true, not to mention saving you a heap load of money in the process. With this in mind, here are 3 great plumbing tips that will help you to identify and prevent costly plumbing problems before they come to fruition.
Tip 1 – Good water pressure
Let’s face it, we all love nothing better than a really powerful shower first thing in the morning to propel us into the day ahead. However, the problem is that while high water pressure may be good for you, it isn’t great for your plumbing.
Any water pressure over 80 lbs per square inch can cause all types of issues but primarily it causes pipe leaks.
The trouble is that you can guarantee a pipe will spring a leak or burst when you least expect it (usually in the middle of the night, or worse still when you’re not there). In order to prevent a potential accident, you should look to turn down your water pressure. Anywhere between 50 and 60 lbs per square inch are ideal and you can do this by checking out your water pressure regulator.
If you feel confident you know what you’re doing, then you might want to tackle this yourself, but if not, or if it appears faulty, then call out a licensed plumber who can get your water flow back on track.
Tip 2 – Replace old water supply lines
If you have old supply lines that connect the water supply to either a toilet, washing machine, dishwasher, or a sink tap then you really should think about replacing them with steel braided supply lines.
It’s not a particularly expensive job, but one that’s necessary if you want to prevent future leaks.
So how do you know if it’s old? If your pipework is either copper or rubber/plastic tubing, then it’s probably old. Another giveaway is mineral deposits around the jointing. If you see this then it’s a good indication that your pipework needs replacing.
Tip 3 – Replacing old shut-off valves
A shut-off valve is one of those unlikely things in your house that you probably never ever use, that is until you have an emergency and need to turn off the water supply. Because it’s never used, you can guarantee it just isn’t going to turn.
Try replacing old shut-off valves with quarter-turn ball valves. They’re simple to fit and more importantly can easily be turned on and off.
All of the above may seem like a lot of effort to go to when there hasn’t been a problem but by making sure the fundamentals are in place, you could save a whole lot of time, expense, and mopping up of water leaks in the long-term.
For further advice on flooding or burst pipe prevention then contact Brisbane Plumbing and Drainage. We’ve been helping customers in the Brisbane area for many years so give us a call and talk to the professionals today. We’re standing by to help.