By Dez Duran-Lamanilao
A plumbing system plays an important role in maintaining a home’s water supply. Consequently, there are numerous risks a defective plumbing system poses. One of these is water leakage, which can result in extensive damage if a compression fitting totally fails. What makes up a compression fitting? It consists of a flexible pipe and a pipe fitting, which can be made up of aluminum, plastic, brass, copper, steel and iron. If any of these parts gets damaged by wear and tear or by outside factors, it will be the start of a plumbing problem in your home.
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Any homeowner would not want to reach this stage where it will cost them time, money, and unnecessary complications. What are steps that you could take to protect your plumbing system as early as possible?
- Prevent clogs by making sure paper towels, plastic, cigarette butts, grease, and other items that may block your pipes are not rinsed down the sink or flushed down the toilet.
- Insulate your water lines.
- Install a shut-off valve to minimize or prevent property damage in case of major water leaks.
- Install a pressure reducing valve to lower water pressure and conserve water as well.
- Consider using p-traps.
- Use quality vent guards or vent pipe screen (rooftops in particular) to prevent animals, debris, and other materials from entering and blocking the pipes.
- Dispose oil, fat, and grease properly.
Do note that there is an extra need to protect your plumbing system during the winter because when the temperature drops, pipes may freeze and eventually expand and break. Here are some tips to welcome the winter without worrying about plumbing issues:
- Drain all the water from your hose and keep it in a safe place.
- Drain your system and flush your outdoor water features.
- Insulate exposed pipes.
Getting an expert to do these tasks for you will ensure that all areas of your home are protected. A qualified plumbing team is in the best position to identify risk areas and make suggestions as they deem fit. Call the Drain Busters Plumbing & Rooter Services and take care of those pipes while you still can.