These 4 Things Are Harming Your Home’s Plumbing

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As a homeowner, you know that plumbing problems are going to happen sooner or later. But what if you could magically see into the future and know what sort of plumbing troubles your home is going to have? In a way, you can.

Below are four root causes of common plumbing issues that “start out small” but have a way of leading to bigger trouble down the road. If your home is plagued with one of these four problems, you’ll want to address it now before it gets worse.

1. Sediment Buildup

Just what is sediment? Sediment is an umbrella term used to describe the “matter” that collects in your pipes, plumbing fixtures, and water heater. Sediment can be things like dirt, flakes of rust, and hard water minerals. Over time, it can restrict the openings in pipes and plumbing fixtures, contributing to water flow issues and water pressure problems. When sediment coats the bottom of your water heater tank, the water takes longer to heat up, which makes the water heater less efficient.

Solution: Flush your water heater tank at least once a year to get rid of the sediment. If sediment is restricting water flow through your drain pipes, hire a plumber to perform hydro jetting to blast away years of stubborn buildup from your pipes’ interiors.

2. Grease In Your Drains

Grease is one of the biggest clog-causers around. It’s imperative that you never pour or rinse grease down your sink when washing the dishes because one day this will come back to haunt you. Grease hardens as it cools down, and it has a bad tendency to create stubborn globs in your pipes that capture other things trying to pass through, like toilet paper and hair.

Solution: Pour used grease into leftover foil or a jar, and keep it in the refrigerator until it’s time to throw it out on garbage day. Wipe greasy cookware with a paper towel before washing it in the sink, and be sure to use soap and hot water to break up any leftover grease.

3. Hard Water Minerals

When water is “hard,” that means it contains a lot of calcium and magnesium carbonates, bicarbonates, and sulfates. When you heat hard water, solid mineral deposits (or limescale) can form. Aside from being unattractive, these mineral deposits can clog up your plumbing fixtures and faucet aerators, and they can also decrease the efficiency of your water-using appliances (like your dishwasher and clothes washer).

Solution: Soak your plumbing fixtures in white vinegar to dissolve mineral deposits, and scrub away what’s left with a sponge or old toothbrush. To combat extremely hard water, consider installing a water softener.

4. Excess Water Pressure

No one likes a shower with weak water pressure, but if your home has extremely high water pressure, you could have some significant problems. The forcefulness of excessive water pressure can create leaks and burst pipes. It also puts unnecessary wear and tear on your appliances, shortening their lifespans.

Solution: Contact a plumber to install a water pressure regulator.

At Rudd Plumbing, our Tyler plumbers have the skills and experience to tackle all sorts of plumbing issues. Give us a call today at (903) 290-0851 or contact us online.

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