Avoiding Commercial Or Residential Water Leaks
No one enjoys dealing with water leaks in a home or business, as it can be very expensive and quite disastrous. Coast View Plumbing has some tips to keep your plumbing or water heater leak-free in Irvine, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Lake Forest, Laguna Hills, Fountain Valley and throughout Orange County.
Plumbing Maintenance Tips
Everything in life needs maintenance to ensure good working order. Even our computers need to be scanned for viruses, and defragged regularly. Our cars require oil, brakes, spark plugs, fan belts or timing belts changed after so many miles or years. Without consistent maintenance, machines do not work as effectively or efficiently due to wear and tear.
A plumbing system is the same way. Everything breaks over time. Therefore things need to be fixed, replace and maintained consistently. These are 5 easy plumbing tips to keep your sinks, water heaters, showers, toilets, washers, refrigerators, etc. in good operating condition.
Replace angle stops or water shutoff valves every 10 years. Even if there are no signs of water leakage, it is best to replace as it will eventually leak after 10 years. These are shutoff valves located at the bottom of your toilets, under sinks, behind washers, and coming into water heaters. Shutoff valve replacement is not something you need to call a plumber for, since it is a simple process. However, if you do not have the tools or the know how, it is highly recommended to hire a professional to do the job. With either route you take, you will still be able to save plenty of money in the long run, because you will minimize the risk of water damage due to leaks.
- Check the water pressure routinely to keep an eye on whether or not the running water is flowing properly throughout the entire house or building. For California, water companies need to supply between 20 – 100 psi of water into residential environments. Depending on the amount of fixtures or bends in the house, there will be pressure drop at each bend. Therefore an average residential water pressure should be around 50 – 75 psi, with 75 psi being on the high side. If the pressure is low, it could mean
Someone in the building or in the area is working on the supply lines
A possible leak somewhere in your plumbing system
A clog in the lines such as buildup in the pipes, or things have fallen in the lines to create the clog.
Water filters can be clogged, so you need to clean it out.
Sometimes the main supply shutoff valve is partially open, thus producing pressure drops in the line.
You can protect the pipes by making sure it is well insulated, especially near the point of entry into the home. It is very important to make sure to do this in the winter months to keep the pipes from freezing and potentially breaking.
In water supply systems, water that flows to the sink, shower, and any other waterway system operate at a certain pressure. If the pipes were to burst or stop functioning, the back flow pressure would cause contaminated water from the ground or other sources to run through the system. In order to keep that from happening, there are back flow devices installed in the plumbing system. It is extremely important to keep routine maintenance checks with these and make sure they are functioning properly at all times. Otherwise dangerous health concerns could pop up from the water system into your home or business.
Practicing economical plumbing maintenance will help minimize stresses in your life due to restoration repair chaos and costs associated with it. Some of the tips suggested above are easy to do, while others require appropriate tools and plumbing experience. Coast View Plumbing can help you reduce, if not prevent those costly and painstaking repairs. Investing in plumbing maintenance regularly will definitely benefit you in the long run. Call our team at (714) 957-4087 for your plumbing peace of mind. It may seem like a nuisance at first, but it is a whole lot better than having to deal with water leaks and expensive water restoration repairs.