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Time for a Tune-Up?

A tune-up varies from person to person, but today we’re going to cover what signs may call for one from a professional (like us here at Parker & Sons) or a simple DIY tune-up that will keep your plumbing in tip top shape and warn you of any possible problems coming down the pipe.

Slow Drains

When washing hands or dishes, does the sink take longer to drain than usual? This most likely means a clog is somewhere down the line. To prevent a backup or leak, you can take a plunger to the drain and attempt to shift the obstruction.

Rattling Pipes

If your pipes are making noises in the night, or knocking about whenever in use this suggests the piping’s support structures are loosened or busted. Call in an expert to fix the supports and prevent any further damage that might be caused by leaks or bent pipes.

Low Water Pressure

Getting into the shower and find yourself under a light drizzle? Another symptom of damaged pipes or clogs.

Off Color

Few things shock the system quite like turning the sink faucet on to have red, yellow, or green water running over your hands than the crystal clear h2o you were expecting. This sort of discoloration is most likely a sign of more pipe problems, such as rust or corrosion. These are serious, and you shouldn’t delay in getting a plumber on the scene.

What Can You Do to Prevent Plumbing Problems?

Looking to prevent catastrophes? Follow a regular maintenance schedule of the following to prevent problems and identify faults in the system early, and your home will thank you (your wallet too!)

Give the valves a test run. Every fixture of your water/plumbing system will have a working shut off valve nearby, allowing for the flow of water to be sealed off at the specific point rather than from the main. Identify these shut offs, remove any obstructions blocking easy access in an emergency, and work the valve to shut off the water completely. Look for any leaks in this system, as well as make sure the valve itself isn’t locked up from lack of use.

Checking the supply lines.The lines running from the shut of valves to the fixture can be made of plastic, copper, braided steel, and when you’re testing the valves it is smart to inspect these closer. Look for signs of damage such as cracks or bulges.

Train the drains. Stop up any drain you’re working with, run the water and fill the sink or basin. When you have filled it, open the stopper and look to see how quickly the water drains, while also investing the drain trap (located under the sink) for any leaks. Any leak no matter how small can lead to a large stream of problems down the line.

With a bit of prevention and perception you can prevent plumbing emergencies before they occur, either through routine DIY maintenance or a well-timed call to professionals like us at Parker & Sons.

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