Home Plumbing Maintenance Tips

Plumbing Maintenance – Why You Need It

Plumbing maintenance sounds like the type of service only a licensed professional can perform, but it isn’t. There are a ton of basic preventative maintenance tasks you can do yourself to increase the life of your plumbing. We’re going to go over tips to maintain your septic, shower, and other aspects of your home’s plumbing.

To Flush Or Not To Flush

We’re starting off with a very simple tip: don’t flush anything that isn’t toilet paper. Other bathroom/sanitary products can cause major blockages in your septic and become expensive to remove later down the line.

Water Heaters

Speaking of flushing, you should flush your water heater once a year. Minerals and other hard sediment can build up on the bottom of your water heater. If left for long periods of time, this sediment can corrode the bottom of your water heater. Flushing your water heater yearly doesn’t give sediment the time to build and corrode, extending the life of the heater.

Shower Heads

The minerals in water don’t just corrode your water heater. They also build up on your shower head and can block some of the water coming out. There is a trick to removing these mineral deposits, and you may have seen it on Facebook before.

Taking off your showerhead and soaking it in vinegar overnight should break down most of the mineral deposits to the point where they can be rinsed or wiped off.

Install Drain Grates

Lots of plumbing issues can be solved by installing some kind of drain grate at every sink and shower in your house. Hair, nail clippings, lint, and food can all build up in your drains and cause blockages. If you don’t want to pay a plumber to unclog your drain later, it’s better to make sure it never gets clogged in the first place.

Sometimes, preventative maintenance at home doesn’t always do the trick. If you need a plumber in Rhode Island, Stonelink Plumbing has you covered. Our decades of combined experience lets us fix issues quickly and effectively.