Keeping Your Plumbing Flowing Smoothly

If you deal with plumbing clogs on a regular basis, you might find yourself struggling with bent wire hangers, chemical drain cleaner, and unfamiliar pipes. Unfortunately, unless you are a trained professional, all of your efforts might be in vain. Most people don't realize it, but it is possible to damage your plumbing by making a few missteps. If you use the wrong chemicals or you push a little too hard, you might end up dealing with damaged pipes or your clogging problem could get worse. Fortunately, you might be able to use this blog to help you to keep your plumbing flowing smoothly.

Five Plumbing Updates For New Homeowners


If you just purchased your first home, chances are it was built some years ago. In this case, some of the plumbing could be outdated and an accident just waiting to happen. The following are five plumbing updates you need to consider.

1. Replace the Garbage Disposal

An outdated garbage disposal is more of a pain than it is useful. Dull blades and word grinding wheels can make it more prone to jams and blockages. Older homes without garbage disposals can be even worse, since clogs are more common in kitchen sinks without a disposal. A plumber can inspect your existing garbage disposal to see if it needs to be replaced, or they can recommend the best unit if you need to have one installed.

2. Install a Sump Pump

There's no need to live with a damp basement. If water seems to seep into your basement or if you have a floor drain that backs up in rainy weather when the water table is high, then a sump pump can solve all your problems. Even if the basement seems dry, a sump pump can be save your house if your home lies on or near a flood plain. A plumber can install a sump pump in your basement that is only activated in the event water is present.

3. Repipe the House

A major issue in old homes is the plumbing pipes. Some old pipes are lead lined, which poses both a health and an environmental concern. In some cases, the pipes are too narrow for the increased water pressure and usage seen in modern homes. Another problem can be simple age -- corrosion and leaks are more common in older pipes. A plumber can assess your pipes and determine whether they should be replaced.

4. Add a Shutoff Valve

An automatic shut-off valve turns off the water supply to your entire home in the event that a leak or much higher than average water usage is detected. Not only does this save you from a high water bill, it can prevent major water damage to your home. If your home isn't already equipped with such a valve, it's a smart idea to invest in one.

5. Improve the Water Quality

Finally, consider the water quality in your home. Hard water is hard on appliances, plumbing lines, your laundry, and even your hair and skin. A plumber can install a water softener to remove those minerals and improve the overall quality of the water in your home.

Contact a plumber in your area for more assistance when it comes to updating your new home.


16 July 2020