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Action Plumbing Inc. is committed to helping you minimize your downtime. Our professional technicians will also consult with you to design an ongoing plan to ensure your plumbing, drain, and sewer systems operate smoothly so that you can focus on your business and your home life.
Routine preventative plumbing maintenance saves you money by scheduling cleanings in advance before any issues arise. There are two types of preventative maintenance: the type you can do yourself such as drain cleanings; and those done by a licensed professional like hydro jetting. Both are equally important to keep your plumbing system in top condition and avoid any plumbing problems down the line.
Preventative Plumbing Maintenance Service / Plans Available:
If you would like to inquire or set up a preventative plumbing maintenance plan for your commercial or residential property, please call our office: 1-800-228-4662
DIY Preventative Care:
Large-scale plumbing issues should always be handled by a professional, but there are plenty of simple techniques and procedures you can use to perform basic preventive maintenance. Consider the following tips for ensuring your plumbing system is functioning to its full capacity:
- Drain Inspection: Liquids going down the drain should swirl at a rapid pace. When letting water out, it should not drain slowly, gurgle, or bubble.
- Visual Inspection: Depending on the usage, you should conduct a quarterly and/or annual visual plumbing inspection of all fixtures and drains.
- Water Heater: Visually check for corrosion or rust. Look for the brand and locate the tag. By looking at the tag number and the brand, you can go online to the brand’s decoder page and find out the age of your water heater.
- Winterization: Winterize the plumbing lines that will no longer be in use during the cold weather by disconnecting outside water hoses. Any water left in the hoses can freeze and expand, causing faucets and connecting pipes inside your home or business to freeze and break.
Additional tips on how to save by updating/maintaining your plumbing:
- Bath Tub: To help prevent clogged bathtub drains, fit them with a strainer that catches hair and excess soap. Clean these strainers regularly.
- Dishwasher: Run your dishwasher with full loads to conserve water. Running it in the evening saves energy, too.
- Drain Care: Once a week, run hot water down the drain to help keep it free-flowing.
- Faucets and Shower Heads: Switch to aerator faucets and low-flow showerheads, which can save hundreds of gallons of water a week.
- Garbage Disposals: You can maximize the lifespan of your garbage disposal by using cold water when running it. Do not overload it, never disposing of things like bones, skins, large vegetables, corn husks, etc. Also, you should avoid using caustic drain cleaners since these chemicals can damage the drains.
- Kitchen Sink: Don’t rinse fats or cooking oils down your kitchen sink. Liquid fats can solidify in the cold pipes and create clogs.
- Laundry: Wash full loads of laundry or use the appropriate load size selection cycle on the machine to help conserve water. Do you have stainless steel braided hoses installed on your washing machine? You should — the traditional black rubber hoses found on washing machines are notorious for unexpectedly bursting, usually when no one is at home, and that may cause a massive leak of up to five gallons per minute.
- Pipe Care: To prevent damage from frozen pipes, insulate any pipes in unheated or exterior walls. Let water drip or trickle from faucets during extremely cold weather and open cabinet doors to help circulate warm air.
- Plumbing Fixtures: Repair dripping faucets and leaking toilets. A faucet dripping at a rate of one drop per second wastes almost 2,800 gallons of water a year. A leaky toilet can waste over 73,000 gallons of water a year!
- Toilet: Do not use your toilet as a trashcan. Do not flush facial tissue, cotton balls, condoms, make-up pads, sanitary products, or diapers as they do not dissolve and can clog the lines. Keep a wastepaper basket in each bathroom and toss these items away.
- Water Heater: Install a tankless water heater. It reduces heating costs and water waste plus you won’t have to wait for the water to heat up.
- Water Shut Off Valve: In an emergency situation, this valve will shut off the water to your entire home or business. Make sure you close and open your shut off valve periodically to ensure it’s not stuck in the “open” position.