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Optimizing the flow of your plumbing system

It's an odd comparison, but in some ways, plumbing systems are no different than vehicles. They both require scheduled maintenance to run efficiently. When you avoid routine maintenance checkups, you may have to deal with several other problems down the road. These are usually the headaches that last a long time, cost a fortune, and are difficult to get rid of.

Sticking to a regular schedule of plumbing maintenance gives you peace of mind and helps to keep your system working at peak levels year round. As a home or business owner, you can do your own basic inspection of your plumbing system by testing taps, sinks, and drains, shut off valves for toilets and faucets, and much more. When it comes to more complex plumbing fixtures, such as hot water tanks and boiler systems, you may be more comfortable seeking the help of a plumbing expert at Pristine Plumbing.

What to look for when inspecting your plumbing system

Let's look at the different areas in a home where you should be doing routine inspections of your plumbing system.

Kitchens and Bathrooms

When it comes to water consumption, kitchens and bathrooms are tops on the list. It's important to focus your efforts here to spot any leaks or malfunctions on the various endpoints.

  • Toilets: the most common problems with toilets that homeowners face are clogs and small, constant leaks that cause your toilet to run all the time. Toilets should only be used for disposing of human waste and toilet paper. Never flush oil, grease, or solid objects down your toilet as it may create a blockage that could be expensive to fix. For leaking toilets, there are some spare parts you can purchase from your favourite home improvement store to correct the basic problems quickly and inexpensively
  • Faucets: in most cases, fixing a small leak in your faucet can be as simple as adjusting and tightening the on/off levers. Larger leaks can mean you have a crack in your faucet which might require parts or a replacement.
  • Sinks: check around the seals of your sink to ensure that water is not leaking. Consider running a hot water and baking soda mixture down your drains on a regular basis to remove any excess build up in your drain pipes
  • Garburators: if your home or office is outfit with a garburator, always remember to run the water for 15 or 20 seconds after it has completed its cycle. This will help the food remains to flush properly. Do not run your garburator without first running water. Finally, remember to use common sense when activating your garburator. Certain foods should not be put through a garburator. Check your owners manual for more information.

Mechanical Rooms

  • Boiler system: a residential or commercial boiler system should always be maintained by an experienced plumber, but you can do your own basic inspection as part of your regular plumbing maintenance. It's important to look for signs of corrosion, typically caused by small leaks that happen over time. You can make small adjustments to the boiler settings to increase the efficiency of your overall heating system.
  • Sump pump: it's always a good idea to pay attention to your sump pump, especially during the first few weeks of spring and throughout the summer. A sump pump is typically located in the basement or main floor of your home or building. When it fails to operate properly, it's unable to flush away water collected from around the building. This usually results in a minor flood, potentially causing water damage to the walls and flooring. If you're unsure whether your sump pump is working properly, contact a plumbing technician with Pristine Plumbing. We'll inspect your system and advise whether a replacement sump pump is required

Outside the Home

Most homeowners use the exterior hose connections for watering their lawn and gardens during the non-winter months. These endpoints offer tremendous convenience - the alternative is to run hoses to your kitchen or bathroom faucets. When the seasons change and the weather gets colder, it's important to disconnect your garden hose from your outdoor tap. Leaving your hose connected to your outdoor tap during the winter may cause a crack in your hose bibb (sillcock valve) due to the ice forming inside the hose. The ice inside your hose works its way toward the tap and can create enough pressure to crack it. When this happens, you're at risk of water entering your basement, behind the drywall where you can't see it. You're also likely to see traces of mould developing which may cause air quality problems in your home.

Always remember: disconnect and drain all hoses as part of your outdoor winterizing routine.

What types of plumbing maintenance can Pristine Plumbing help with?

Our expert plumbers possess the skills and experience to perform the comprehensive analysis of your plumbing system to show you what's working great and what needs to be repaired or replaced. We will make recommendations that will help you keep your maintenance costs to a minimum. It's highly recommended that you contact a professional plumber when maintenance or repairs are required for boiler systems and other highly complex plumbing fixtures.

Contact us today to learn how you can get started with a regular plumbing maintenance schedule with Pristine Plumbing.

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