Broken pipes, leaking faucet, clogged toilet, busted water heater, blocked drain and so on, are not what anyone would like to experience at any point in time considering its stress and the extra cash that you might spend on its repairs which you would have saved or used for something more meaningful. But for sure, one thing leads to another. And according to Benjamin Franklin, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
Such things could have been prevented if certain preventive maintenance culture has been adhered to. Understanding the components of your water system is the first preventive caution you should have when it comes to preventing any drain blockage and you should have some professionals in the field as friends or handy so that they can always advise you on what to do in some situations.
Below are the six points to consider as preventive maintenance for your drain:
1. Always carry out regular checks on all exposed pipes and appliances for any leakage. Water can leak from your refrigerator, water heater or any other appliances using water. You can get some of the ways to maintain those appliances from the manufacturer manual. Look out for any sign of water stains on walls, Watch for visible signs of a leak such as water stains on walls and check the hoses for cracks, brittleness, or leaking and change the hose when needed.
2. Unclog drain pipe whenever there is slow movement of water because whenever this starts, there may be a problem somewhere. At this point, you need to carry out a drain inspection before it gets out of hand. Something somewhere has clogged in the pipe and such should be removed. With the help of a mixture of vinegar and hot water, you can flush down your drain and unclog any debris that might be building up there. Also, you can remove and clean your shower head in case of any dirt that might be accumulating there. This preventive maintenance tip can improve the water pressure in your drainage system.
3. Whenever there is light leaking through the faucets or shower-heads, you need to fix it. If they are dripping, it can lead to something worse with time like damaging the drainage system and also increase your water bill. In order to prevent this, regularly carry out checks on your facets for leakage and make repairs, where necessary.
4. Always watch and be careful with what you flush down your drain. This is a vital preventive maintenance tip because it will be hard to experience blocked drains or blocked toilet. Don’t just flush anything down your toilet drainage apart from the human wastes and toilet papers. Adhering to this simple maintenance tip can save from stress as a result of blocked sewer for a very long time or even a lifetime.
5. Once in a while, carry out checks on the water pressure this is an indication of the level of force coming out of your faucets or shower-heads. Through testing with a pressure gauge, you can know if it is at safe levels. You can as well add pressure regulator so as to maintain your water pressure at a safe level all the times.
6. Check for leaks in the toilets and fix accordingly when the valve seat has a faulty seal, it can make water to run while you are not flushing and this can form gunk around that same valve seat and the flapper thereby preventing the flapper to properly seal. And more water continues to run and it can get out of hand with time. So before getting to that serious point, let it be repaired which is not as expensive as the normal repairing and prevents serious damage to the toilet