By undergoing preventative maintenance and examining your plumbing system often, you can keep yourself off from expensive repair bills as well as the steady, slow expense that occurs due to leaks and drips. Below are 10 tips to avoid plumbing repairs.

Look out for any leaks

Leaks can occur in numerous areas in a plumbing system hence the need to address them right away to curb water damage and waste. Occasionally, look out for any of these signs: toilets that continue to run after flushing; constant wetness around toilets and faucets; pipes with mineral deposits or rust; loose tiles or soft walls that could indicate leakage in a wall; dampness in sink cabinets; and soft flooring near washing machines, water heaters, dishwashers, bathtubs and toilets. You can use water leak detection systems or automatic water shut off valves to alert you in case there is a leakage.

Caulking

Observe and re-do any form of caulking around sinks, toilets, showers and bathtubs that might cause water to infiltrate the nearby structure.

Malfunctioning or old fixtures

In general, boilers, water heaters, washing machines, dishwashers and toilets that are over twelve years of age should be replaced. New appliances are more efficient and energetic too. Always check the serial number as it indicates the year the item was manufactured. Different companies will use different coding methods hence the need to do a fast internet search to know what to consider. Also, replace cracked or hardened hoses on dishwashers and washers as well as old faucets to minimize the risk of breakage.

Valves

Know the location of all shut-off valves and switch them off, and back to their old position, to ensure they do not open up when shutting the water off. While doing the above, look for any signs of corrosion that could result in an unnoticed leak. Replace any malfunctioning valves. Lastly, ensure your family knows the location of the shut-off valves, mostly the major one.

Minimal water pressure

Test for minimal water pressure through allowing water to run the tub faucet and eventually opening the faucet in the kitchen. When the pressure goes down after opening the second faucet, it is advisable to find a plumber to examine the problem. Minimal water pressure occurs as a result of the build-up of sediments or leaks in pipes.

Septic tank

Persistent wet areas around your septic system could be a sign of leakage. Even though it is important to pump a septic tank, no rule governs how often you should pump the tank. It will depend on some factors. They include the temperature in your area, the design of the system, the size of tank, presence of a garbage disposal and the number of people in your home. Seek the services of a septic expert to know the frequency of pumping your septic system.

Freezing pipes

People who live in areas that experience winter often should maintain and install insulation all round their water pipes. Be more cautious with pipes that have frozen before or exposed to cold temperatures or the wind.

Drainage

Avoid clogged drainpipes by cleaning them with an environment-friendly drain cleaner often. The kitchen disposal can be easily cleaned by sending ice all the way through it to eliminate any accumulated grease.

Water heater and boiler

Every year, you should examine and clean the boiler ahead of the heating season. Additionally, plumbers recommend that you clean and drain your heater annually. Most individuals prefer to hire an expert to deal with these tasks due to their inclusion in the plumbing contract.

Basement flooring

People who reside in areas with poor drainage or prone to flooding should install a sump pump in the basement. Also, one can put up a water powered sump pump or battery backup sump pump as a preventative measure in the event of a storm.

Whether you choose to hire an expert or perform the above maintenance checks by yourself, it is a valuable investment of your money and time