Simple Tips to Keep Your Plumbing in Good Condition

Very few people think of their plumbing systems until there seems to be a problem somewhere. This is one of the most important systems of your home or property and you should do everything possible to keep it in the best conditions to avoid costly repairs and replacements. Drain Rescue Plumbers can inspect and maintain your plumbing and also carry out the necessary repairs and replacements even in emergencies. However, if you use simple care advice, it will greatly reduce the amount of time a plumber really needs to rescue you. 

Tip 1: Minimize grease build-up in your kitchen sink by using a strainer to pick up the fatty items and dispose of them in the trash instead of running down the drain. To keep the same problem at a low level, consider letting hot water run down the kitchen drain to get rid of any buildup of existing grease and soap. 

Tip 2 – Avoid letting the hair fall out of the bathroom. This is one of the things that bring plumbing problems in the bathroom and that can prevent you from being cautious with what is in the drain. A wet, dry vacuum can be useful in removing any clutter that may be around the surface of the drain before it finds its way down into your line and causes problems with your plumbing system. 

Tip 3: Be careful when draining chemicals in the toilet or in the toilets of the house. You may not think it’s harmful, but there are chemicals that are very aggressive and end up devouring the pipes and causing damage and leaks. Find a better way to eliminate any chemicals, including caustic chemicals, so that you do not end up damaging the pipeline and repairing replacements and expensive repairs. 

Tip 4 – Replace old pipes in your system. This is especially important when you move into an old house that may have been remodeled. Remember that the materials that were used a few years ago are not as durable and of quality as those currently available. A replacement project before problems appear can be a very good idea instead of waiting until you start having one problem after another with the old pipes. 

Tip 5 – Always prepare for the weather. For example, before winter stabilizes, try to condition the pipes so they can withstand extremely cold conditions. The heating in your home must also be updated and functional. You will be saved from so many common problems when you can prevent your pipes from freezing. If you are not sure how to do it, let a reputable plumber guide you. 

Tip 6 – Keep an eye on your water heater. A leaking heater can cause you many problems, so be sure to keep it properly. You can reduce the problems by draining them every season so that there is no sediment that can cause the failure of your heater. The water pressure around the house should also be good enough so that it is not too difficult to handle for the pipes. 

 

Dear Jack: New Infographic- Rent Vs. Own: Which Option Is Best For You?

3 years, 8 months.

Dear Jack,

I’ve been mentioning to you about our family’s plans to move out of our townhouse and into “a real house with a yard and one that’s in the right school discrict.” (That’s important here in Nashville.)

After having owned our townhouse for 6 years now, we are finally at the point at which we could sell it and actually make a profit.

For now it’s sort of a waiting game, as we continue to build our savings after having gone debt-free a year ago. Meanwhile, the prices in the neighborhoods we are considering moving to are now affordable… but how long?

The paradox: The longer we wait to move from our townhouse (as we continue to put more in savings for the down payment on our next house and watch the value of our townhouse continue to rise), the more likely the prices will also rise on the house we want to move into.

When should we move? We’ve got our sights on early next year.

This brand-new infographic below does a great job explaining which option is better, renting or owning. While it doesn’t relate to us in that we already own our townhouse instead of renting it, it does relate in helping me personally see that by owning it 7 years makes it more of an investment than selling it sooner.

Ten years would be ideal, but again, we have to keep watch on prices of the neighborhoods we’re interested in.

It’s hard to imagine what it will be like actually moving into the house that our family plans to live in for the rest of your childhood.

We’ve been working towards this goal for a while now.

I remember back in the days when it seemed the value of our townhome would stay in the negative forever.

But we’ve worked hard to pay off our debts, save our money, and keep a close eye on what’s going on out there.

Maybe by early next year…

 

Love,

Daddy

Infographic courtesy of SpareFoot.

Courtesy of: SpareFoot