Ask some homeowners about their plumbing, and they’ll confirm that Autumn is the best time to have the plumbing and drainage system checked. The plumbing in your home is a complex maze of water pipes, and with a high-pressure delivery, leaks can easily occur, and your drainage system is also something that needs maintenance now and then. Here are a few tips on plumbing maintenance tasks for this coming autumn.
- Clean the Sewer Drains – The problem with the underground waste pipes is that you only know there’s a problem when you experience a blockage, but that’s all changed with the latest innovation, which is CCTV cameras that are sent along the drain pipes to give the technician a close up of the interior pipe surface. Ask any emergency plumber in Croydon or in your local area and they will use this innovative method to inspect drains, and based on the findings, you are in a position to make an informed decision on what to do.
- Preventative Measures – You could simply ignore the drains and wait for the inevitable blockage, or you could ask the experts to give the drains a good clean and assess their condition. Taking preventative measures greatly reduces the risk of a blockage, and the odd power clean will ensure they always flow, and in the event the technician thinks the interior pipe surface is in poor condition, he can insert a pipe relining sleeve, which hardens and remains in place, effectively giving you a new inner pipe. If you do experience a blocked drain and want to try and fix it yourself, there is some sound advice on how to unblock a drain you can find on various blogs.
- Water Pipes – Aside from the sewer pipes, you need to inspect the water pipes that run through the house, looking for corrosion or any damp patches. A major location for water pipe corrosion is under the sink, and in the event, you do find a small leak, call out your nearest emergency plumber, who will replace the defective component. Even a leaking tap can cause damage to stainless steel and porcelain, and if you have any leaking taps, the plumber can soon fix them.
- Check for Leaks – If you turn off all the water input connections and do not flush the toilet, watch the water meter to see if it is moving. With no appliance or faucet open, the dial should remain stationary, and if it moves at all, this means you have a leak somewhere. Aside from the wasted water, a leak might damage the structure of the house, depending on its location. An unusually lush section of the lawn is a clear sign of a leaking water pipe, and that warrants immediate investigation.
Your drainage system works tirelessly, and with a regular power clean, the system will always perform as it should, and in the event, you experience a drain blockage, contact your nearest emergency drain cleaning provider for a quick and permanent solution. With your plumbing checked, you will have peace of mind that all is well with the water and waste pipe system that services your property, and with an annual drain clean and inspection, you will be in a position to carry out cost-effective repairs.