Plumbing maintenance is key to living comfortably in your home this fall. This season should be filled with fun activities, but the fun will abruptly come to an end due to drain clogs, pipe leaks, and plenty of other plumbing nightmares. A lack of maintenance will leave you spending so much more on utility bills and keep you from enjoying the season at all. While many homeowners will enter the fall without any thought to the smaller problems currently inhabiting their plumbing system, those problems will only grow worse the longer you go without maintenance. You should not fall into a similar mindset with your own plumbing system. If you notice something is afoot with your plumbing system, it needs to be treated immediately.
Dupree Plumbing should your number-one place for any plumbing maintenance this fall. We can help with clogged drains, leak repair, water heater tune-ups, and so much more. Our team of plumbers are ready to assist you at any point through the season. Even if the focus at this time of year is usually on staying warm, having a working plumbing system is just as essential. You wouldn’t want to spend the colder months with non-working plumbing fixtures, would you? Of course not, and we don’t want you to live that way either. One of our top priorities is guaranteeing your 100% comfort for the season. If we see any plumbing fixture out of place, we will do our best to fix it. Remember: a comfortable fall starts by calling for our service.
While nothing can compare to inspection and maintenance work from one of Dupree Plumbing’s licensed plumbing contractors, you can also take steps in your own time to further ensure high-quality plumbing. You may not have the tools or experience required to do any major plumbing work, but you can follow these 7 easy tips throughout the season:
1. Water Heater Inspection: You cannot live in your home without hot water. That’s not even hyperbole, it’s a fact. Before the fall truly settles in, you should inspect your water heater for physical damage, its valve connections, and pressure relief valve. When you consider 25% of your energy costs go to water heating, you cannot afford any problems to linger or you may find yourself in a difficult financial situation. Even the smaller, hard-to-find leaks in the water heater may prove to be huge liabilities in the future.
2. Plumbing Fixture Inspection: In addition to water heaters, other plumbing fixtures like toilets, sinks, and showers need to be inspected as well. You should inspect these fixtures for significant physical damage like dents, cracks, and corrosion. You should also check for leaks by looking out for damp walls and floors, stained ceilings, or higher costs on your water bills. For older plumbing fixtures, it may be normal for them to have wear and tear, but you need to consider replacing them if the damage disrupts their performance.
3. Check Slowly Draining Fixtures: Have you noticed fixtures like toilets and sinks drain slower than usual? Then you need to call Dupree for drain cleaning, as it means a clog is well on its way. While it is important to keep a plunger around in this situation, it may not be effective. If the clog is more serious, it will require us to provide professional drain cleaning services. We can provide a wide range of solutions that will eliminate clogs effectively.
4. Test Toilet Flushing: To prevent any issues in your toilet from going unnoticed, you need to test its flushing abilities. Since it should only refill in a certain time, it is means for concern when the toilet runs continuously or when it is not in use. This indicates that you will need toilet repair as soon as possible, especially if its seal needs to be replaced.
5. Beware of Faucet Leaks: According to the EPA, one drip per second from your faucet may result in you losing 3,000 gallons of water a year. A single faucet leak may be the reason behind your high costs on water bills. Anything from worn and torn washers to broken seals will result in the water leaking out of the faucet even when nobody is using it. You should not pass up the chance at calling for repair when you first hear dripping noises.
6. Check Water Treatment Systems: All of your water treatment systems will need to be inspected to ensure they are doing their job in keeping your water healthy. This includes both filtration and softening systems. Both will keep out harmful contaminants that would otherwise bring damage to your plumbing system and, worse, expose you to serious illness. Give them a check before the season begins so you have clean water for all purposes.
Contact Dupree Plumbing today if you want to ensure a high level of convenience in your home thanks to our plumbing maintenance!