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8 Plumbing Maintenance Tips From a Pro

Fixing a leaky pipe

Your plumbing makes up a big part of your daily routine, and you may not even realize how much! Picture this: your plumbing has disappeared. Your morning routine alone would be drastically different— you wouldn’t be able to brew a hot cup of coffee, you wouldn’t be able to take a shower, you wouldn’t be able to wear clean clothes. It’s time to stop taking this system for granted and start taking care of it. Our expert plumbers at Hedrick’s Service Now have been offering their services since 1989, and we’re sharing the best tips that we’ve learned over the decades to help keep your plumbing running smoothly and efficiently.

The importance of plumbing maintenance

Before we get started, you might be asking why you should even worry about plumbing maintenance. All too often, we get frantic calls from homeowners asking to repair a major leak or flooded appliance, and then they’re left with a messy situation and hefty bill. The solution is simple: plumbing maintenance. It catches minor issues before they become a significant problem, plus it helps you conserve water, thus saving you money on your utility bill. It’s a win-win-win situation!

Daily maintenance tips

Following these easy maintenance tips every day will help you avoid annoying clogs and keep water flowing freely.

  • Always turn the cold water on when you use the garbage disposal and for 15 seconds after.

  • Install drain catchers in your showers, bathtubs, and sinks.

  • Keep a trash can near the toilet to avoid flushing down items that are likely to cause clogs. It’s important to remember that only toilet paper and human waste should go down the toilet drain.

  • Avoid using chemical drain cleaners as they can corrode and damage your pipes. If you are looking to keep your pipes clog-free and clean, a safe alternative is BioOne. Be sure to ask our technicians about this product, and we’ll help you get your hands on it!

1. Be on the lookout for leaks

Faulty faucets or leaky pipes waste a tremendous amount of water. A leak that drips once every second can lose more than 3,000 gallons of water per year. To prevent this dilemma, make sure there’s no water dripping from faucets or under the sink. If you’re dealing with frequent leaks, this should alert you to a bigger problem with your plumbing system. Have it serviced by a professional immediately!

2. Don’t ignore the little problems and fix them early

It’s challenging to overcome procrastination, especially when it comes to home repairs, but your property’s safety is on the line, so try to make it a priority. Water damage can lead to unsafe living conditions and encourages mold growth.

3. Know the locations of the water shutoff valves

This valve is important to locate in an emergency. Know the location now to help minimize the effects of water damage. You can typically find the main water shutoff valve around the outside perimeter of your home. There are also shutoff valves for individual appliances for sinks, toilets, washing machines, and other water-using appliances.

4. Sign up for a maintenance club

In addition to these tips, we recommend scheduling routine maintenance with a professional plumbing company. At Hedrick’s Service Now, our Diamond Club ensures that your plumbing system is protected all year. By joining this membership, you’ll have access to:

  • Priority bookings to handle any plumbing emergency.

  • Annual inspections to catch things before they break.

  • A 10% discount on all repairs.

We’ll even credit back the 1st 12 months of your membership towards any plumbing repair you choose, so it’ll cost you nothing in the first year!

Don’t let your plumbing go unchecked and without proper maintenance any longer. Hedrick’s Service Now is your go-to Dallas HVAC and plumbing experts. Call us at (214) 509-6029 to get started with our services!

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