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Jul 172017

This post is sponsored by Southern Air Plumbing. All opinions are mine alone.

Your home is your castle. You try to take care of every component of your home… you maintain your HVAC unit twice per year, you mow your lawn weekly during spring & summer, and you even call a pro at the first sign of an electric system malfunction. However, are you taking care of your home’s plumbing system? Find out why your plumbing system needs to be maintained annually and why it’s crucial to the future of your property.

4 Reasons Why Your Plumbing System Needs Regular Attention

1. Your fixtures do more than just look pretty!
Bathroom fixtures can be downright pretty. After all, that shiny chrome definitely put a smile on your face at the home improvement store. However, despite how clean & polished your fixtures are on the outside, you can’t see what’s going on inside the fixtures. Annual plumbing maintenance takes care of the drains, fixtures, and pipes in your home to make sure there isn’t any unnecessary grime, build-up or cracks.

4 Reasons Why Your Plumbing System Needs Regular Attention

4 Reasons Why Your Plumbing System Needs Regular Attention

2. Check under the toilet!
Toilets are also prone to developing plumbing issues over the years. Since the toilet bowls and tanks are filled with water at all times, they are susceptible to corrosion. The pipes that takes the waste outside your home also needs to be evaluated by a plumbing professional on a regular basis to make sure that there are no problems brewing. Did you know that a failure of one of these waste pipes could result in a very costly environmental clean-up bill? A plumber will ensure that your toilet isn’t leaking underneath and damaging your home’s foundation.

4 Reasons Why Your Plumbing System Needs Regular Attention

4 Reasons Why Your Plumbing System Needs Regular Attention

3. Nobody enjoys a cold shower!
We all enjoy a nice, warm shower in the mornings (or evenings). Did you know that your water heater is a critical piece of equipment that many of us take for granted every day? If you walk into the shower and turn on the hot water, you expect hot water. Make sure your hot water heater is checked annually to ensure nothing is rusting on the inside and everything is operating properly. Keep in mind that even with regular maintenance, the typical lifespan of a water heater is 8 to 12 years.

4 Reasons Why Your Plumbing System Needs Regular Attention

4 Reasons Why Your Plumbing System Needs Regular Attention

4. Don’t neglect the main lines!
There are two main lines coming in and going out from your home: the water and sewer lines. There are municipal codes that dictate how these lines have to be maintained. These lines are some of the most important elements of your home’s plumbing system. Be sure to get these lines inspected during your annual plumbing inspection to ensure compliance with local regulations.

I hope these tips have helped inspire you to get your plumbing system check out. After all, dealing with a plumbing emergency is never an enjoyable experience. With adequate plumbing maintenance, you can reduce the chances of damage to your property, hazardous waste exposure and cracks to your home’s foundation. By the way, if you live in a humid climate (like the South), you may also face mold and mildew growth in your plumbing’s system.

Now, I’d love to hear from you. Do you get regular plumbing inspections? How do you maintain the pipes in your home?

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21 Responses to “4 Reasons Why Your Plumbing System Needs Regular Attention”

  1. So much good true advice here! I am going to talk to my husband about this. And … your bathroom is GORGEOUS!

  2. YIKES! We have never had any maintenance service on our water heater. We did recently have a pipe burst under the bathroom sink because it was so old and rusted.

  3. We had a toilet get corrosion after 19 years of use. We replaced it when we redid our bathroom

  4. Great tips – I’m definitely guilty of not putting any thought into my plumbing system but now I know what could happen I definitely will!

  5. I have a bathtub that is less than a year old. I am all about maintenance because I want to keep that baby looking and functioning pristinely!

  6. After reading this post, I need to call for plumbing maintenance regularly to reduce the chances of damage to my property, hazardous waste exposure and cracks to my home’s foundation.

  7. Gladly I have a reliable plumber who diligently checks our plumbing system regularly :) He is a reliable Uncle in our building, and everyone seems to like him.

  8. Yeah you’re right. I don’t think I’ve really paid much attention to plumbing unless there was a problem. The person who bought our old house did a sewer scope and I thought that was unusual. But I think that’s a great start to identify potential problems.

  9. I don’t own my own house, but these are all very good tips. I will pass them along to homeowner friends!

  10. I am SO glad this is the better half’s job in this house. I wouldn’t know where to begin if I had too.

  11. I truly keep up with my plumbing, since I now purchased a home with a well system I’ve had to go with yearly contracts with a plumber system and am learning a whole new thing when it come to the well, salts, iron, filtration etc…. and how to keep it clean. I have the plumber out regularly for the inspections. Iused to do it myself on my other houses, and install it. I’ll do it again when I’m much more familiar with it, but in the meantime I’m learning.
    But just as a side note there is another system just as important if not two of them Heating and electrical. can never forget about those, or should I also say if you own your home don’t forget the homes foundation as well. Have I forgotten anything.

  12. This is great advice here. My neighbour just deal with a house flooding while they were overseas due to a plumbing issue.

  13. Plumbing problems can be NIGHTMARES! They can also cost you a ton of money! That is another reason why it’s important to maintain things in that capacity.

  14. Your bathroom is super cute. Great tips….and I am showing this to my hubby.

  15. This is so true. We ran in to a huge expensive issue a few months ago with both toilets and tub stopping all at once. NEVER AGAIN!!

  16. My husband is a plumber and would wholeheartedly agree with your advice!

  17. Thanks for the tips! Regular plumber inspection is expensive in my area. I usually clean using baking soda with vinegar while simple maintenance is handle by my hubby.

  18. Although not directly a plumbing issue, I think checking and replacing sealant regularly is also a big one. Not a lot of people think of, or remember to, replace silicone around sinks, tubs, and toilet bases regularly. But it’s so important! Water leaks can be so damaging to cabinets, floors, walls, etc.

  19. So true. Most people only deal with plumbing until they have a problem, then its usually too late.

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