When you think about the overall health of your home, the interior plumbing is probably one of the last topics to cross your mind. While your plumbing system may not require as much attention as your HVAC system might, it does require a little attention every now and then to prevent huge problems down the line.
Many expensive plumbing problems or repairs can be prevented with relatively inexpensive maintenance and upkeep. In this article, we’ll review a couple of the most important ways to keep your home’s plumbing in great shape.
Install a water softener
Installing a water softener or a water pressure regulator, can help save the pipes inside of your home. Just to put things in perspective, if you needed to replace all of the pipes in your 1,500 square foot home, it would cost you anywhere from $4,000 to $10,000. As you can see, this is no small project. A water softener will usually cost a fraction of this price, and prevent unnecessary pipe damage along the way.
Insulate your exterior pipes
Again, taking part in preventative measures for your home’s piping system will save you loads of money in the end. Insulating your homes exterior pipes does not cost much, but repairing frozen, busted pipes does. This can cost homeowners anywhere from $900 to $3,000 depending on where the busted pipes lay underneath your home.
Drain your water heater
Draining your water heater twice a year can extend the life of your system significantly. This essentially costs a homeowner nothing but time and can save you more than $1,000 if you ended up needing to purchase a completely new water heater. A little time is worth a lot of money.
Your water heater is more essential in your home than you realize. It does everything from daily showers to weekly laundry for you and your family. Maintaining your water heater can make a huge difference in your system’s life pan. On average, your system will last about 8-12 years, but can easily be extended with the proper upkeep and by following the steps listed above.
Don’t put off your plumbing problems
One of the worst things you can do for your home and its plumbing system is to procrastinate any potential problem. Plumbing issues will not resolve themselves over time, instead, they worsen.
Be aware of any abnormalities with your plumbing such as a leaky faucet or unusually low water pressure. If you suddenly see a change with things like this, there is more than likely a problem. Every home is different, so make sure to talk to your local plumber to customize your home’s maintenance checklist.
For more useful plumbing tips, check out this infographic from the team at Southern Air Heating and Cooling.