3 Ways To Extend The Life Of Your Pipes

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Modern plumbing systems are a network of pipes, fixtures, and valves. If any of these components fail, your plumbing system may not be able to function properly.

Pipes are one of the most overlooked elements in a plumbing system because most pipes are out of view behind walls or beneath floors. Repiping your home is costly, so you should be proactive in extending the life of your pipes in the future.

1. Schedule Regular Drain Cleaning

Clogs are a part of life with any modern plumbing system. How you approach a clogged drain could mean the difference between pipe longevity and pipe failure.

Many homeowners turn to chemical drain cleaners in an effort to clear out any clogs that are restricting the flow of water and waste. These chemical drain cleaners can actually cause damage to the pipe itself.

Instead of using an over-the-counter drain cleaner, invest in regular drain cleanings performed by a plumber instead. This will preserve the function of your drains while maintaining the integrity of your pipes.

2. Check Your Water Pressure

Water pressure can have a direct impact on the condition of your plumbing pipes. High water pressure can shorten the lifespan of your pipes by subjecting the pipes to high levels of stress on a constant basis.

You may not have control over the pressure of the water entering your home, but you can control the water pressure as it travels throughout your pipes by installing a water pressure gauge. This gauge automatically adjusts the incoming water pressure to a safe level so that you can extend the life of your plumbing system in the future.

3. Watch What You Flush

Flushing the wrong items down your drains could spell disaster for your pipes. Only water, refuse, and toilet paper should be sent down your drains. Any other items can contribute to the formation of chokepoints within your pipes.

These chokepoints restrict the flow of water and cause pressure to build inside the pipe. This pressure can cause the pipe to burst or spring a leak over time. By flushing only approved items down your drains and tossing everything else in the garbage, you can easily extend the usable lifespan of your plumbing pipes.

Don't overlook the importance of maintaining your pipes. Follow the simple rules outlined above to ensure that your pipes are prepared to transport water and waste well into the future.

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