With most mechanical system, maintenance is the best way to prevent disaster. Your plumbing system is no exception. In fact, proper maintenance of your plumbing system is the only way to ensure that it is in top working condition year around.
This is especially important now because this is the time of year when having friends and family over for long-term visits and large meals is the favorite thing to do. The extra work of having more people in the house to host and feed can turn little plumbing problems into major plumbing failures.
Here are some of the top preventative maintenance checks that you can do for your plumbing before your guests arrive:
- Have all of the components of your garbage disposal checked to make sure it is running in top shape. The blades should be checked for corrosion, rust, or anything that would impair them from moving properly.
- If you are on a septic system, this would be the perfect time to have the tank pumped if it is due or going to be due in the next six months. No sense in putting it off. This is especially true if you are in the habit of putting things in the garbage disposal or down the drains that aren’t good for you septic system. A septic system failure is a terrible disaster any time of year but, during the cold weather with a house full of guests it is especially stressful
- Check the components of all of the toilets in your home. Do this by carefully lifting the lid off of each toilet tank and look inside. Make sure that you do not use in-tank toilet cleansers. These discs contain highly-corrosive chemicals and will turn the water in your toilet tank into a chemical bath that will break down the components of the toilet
- Add a layer of sealant around the base of your toilet. This sealant is usually made from a polymer that is very effective in keeping the seal of your toilet to the floor of the bathroom watertight, unless it dries out and cracks, this can happen with time. The risk is, when someone takes a shower in the bathroom and the steam in the air collects at condensation around the outside of the toilet bowl, water will drip into the flooring and cause water damage.
Follow these simple tips for making sure that the plumbing in your home is ready for the extra wear and tear of houseguests. No one wants to deal with a plumbing emergency any time of the year but, when the weather is cold and you have a house full of visitors a plumbing emergency is the worst possible thing.