Perhaps one household or commercial repair that will always elicit a heavy sigh is plumbing repair. Needing plumbing repair usually signals that there’s going to be a stinky or messy cleanup and professional help is probably required. Furthermore, access to water is going to be tricky until everything gets repaired; even if it’s just a toilet clog, you still won’t be able to use the toilet normally until it’s fixed. Luckily, there are preventive measures you can take that will allow you to avoid having to call for a plumbing company or the services of a plumbing repair company. If you’re a business like a hotel, and often call on commercial plumbers, it can be a little tricker, since you can’t control what guests might put through the pipes, etc. However, making sure your pipes and sewer lines are well treated and maintained can go a long way in helping prevent a major plumbing repair job.
When Installing a New Sewer Line or Pipes, What Should I Keep In Mind?
One of the most important things to keep in mind is to watch out for trees nearby where you want to install your sewer line and pipes. A tree’s root system can grow anywhere from one to three feet below the surface of the soil, but can go out horizontally about two to three times the diameter of the canopy, and invade sewer lines. You probably won’t run into this issue with the new plumbing pipes, which are commonly PVC, steel, or copper, but try to avoid clay plumbing pipes at all costs. These were most commonly used up until the 1980s, but are easily damaged and broken by tree roots.
What Preventive Measure Can I Keep to Help My Pipes and Sewer System Healthy?
If you know or suspect that your sewer system is over 40 years old, you’ll want to start thinking about getting it totally replaced. This will keep any aging issues from arising, such as backflow or a line break. Don’t put oil or grease down your drain if you can, especially in the winter; almost 50% of the over 35,000 residential and commercial sewer overflows that occur annually in the United States are due to fat and oil buildups. Try to drain it off pans and baking sheets if possible, freeze it, and then throw it out. It’s also recommended by professionals that you get your septic tanks pumped once every five to seven years — of course that number can vary depending on how many people are in your home or building and how much water is consumed. Make sure you’re snaking your pipes regularly as well, to prevent clogs and to clear out anything that might be lingering in them.
How Getting Plumbing Services to Inspect Your Pipes and Sewer Can Benefit You
Plumbing services can make sure that you’re up to the International Plumbing Code (also known as the IPC), which sets minimum regulations to prevent backflow, ensure drainage is sanitary, storm drainage, water heaters, and more. This is currently accepted on the state or local level in 35 states. Plumbing services can also help you save on money! Tightening up pipes or fixing leaks can help prevent drips and excess water that adds up on your bills! Did you know, for example, that a leaky faucet that leaks at one drip per second can waste over 3,000 gallons every year? That’s a lot tacked onto your water bill? Additionally, several studies have research that shows that between 20-35% of all residential toilets have some kind of leak, of varying degrees. Regular maintenance costs will also minimize the huge bill that will come if you have a major plumbing problem. At the very least, a plumber will be able to identify a potential issues and warn you about it, so that you can start saving in advance.
You should be thinking about taking care of your pipes and sewer system. After all, it really is to your advantage to conduct regular maintenance and be smart about location, drainage, and preventing leaks.