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Can A Plumber Help Me Make My Pipes Last Longer? | Florence, SC

It only makes fiscal sense to get as much use from any home system as possible. It’s easy to forget about your home’s plumbing system until a problem arises. Generally, pipes can last for decades, but like any home system or appliance, they won’t last forever. A plumber can help property owners support the longevity of their plumbing system. At Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of Florence, we provide residential and commercial property owners throughout Florence, SC, with a complete range of plumbing services, including plumbing inspections and maintenance solutions that can keep plumbing systems running smoothly so they’ll last longer. If you need an experienced plumber to help you keep your pipes and plumbing fixtures functioning longer, you can rely on us. Here are some ways you and your plumber can enhance your plumbing system’s longevity.

Attend to Leaks Quickly

A small leak may seem like a small problem, but they aren’t good for your pipes or surrounding materials like drywall or flooring. Small leaks also have a sneaky habit of becoming larger leaks. When a leak occurs in a pipe, the continual dripping can cause the pipe to weaken further. Leaks can also attract pests like insects and rodents and cause mold and mildew outbreaks. If you have a leak or suspect you may have a hidden leak, call Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of Florence so we can send a skilled plumber to your house or commercial property to inspect the situation.

Adjust Water Pressure

Most people enjoy strong water pressure, but if it’s too high, it can cause your plumbing system’s parts to wear out more quickly. High water pressure is associated with a greater risk for leaks and loose valves. Water pressure is measured by pounds per square inch (PSI). A home’s water pressure should not exceed a PSI of 85. In fact, most plumbing pros suggest maintaining a PSI between 30 and 80. If you’re concerned about your water pressure, you can ask a plumber from our team to check it or even install a water pressure gauge. With this, you can monitor your water pressure periodically.

Schedule Professional Drain Cleaning

Drain pipes can become caked by everything from grease to mineral buildup. This debris can actually narrow the insides of your drain pipes over time and leave them more vulnerable to stubborn clogs. Depending on how busy your household is, you might want to schedule annual or bi-annual drain cleaning to ensure that your drains remain free-flowing and unencumbered by clog-forming debris. Clogs are terrible for pipes; clogs weaken pipes, especially at seams and joints. Our drain-cleaning technicians can visit your Florence, SC home to clean your drains and inspect your plumbing system to ensure it’s in tip-top condition.

Be Mindful About What You Flush

Toilets are expensive fixtures to replace and frequent toilet clogs can put stress on your drain system. You can prevent clogs by not flushing items that shouldn’t be introduced to your drain system. Never flush items like wet wipes, paper towels, cotton balls, feminine hygiene products, diapers, or even dental floss. The only items that should be flushed in the toilet are human waste and toilet tissue. In fact, even kitty litter that claims to be “flushable” should not be flushed. If you are experiencing frequent toilet clogs and are not flushing forbidden items, let a plumber from our team inspect the situation and troubleshoot the problem.

Avoid Chemical Drain Cleaners

The manufacturers of chemical drain cleaners sold in supermarkets and home improvement centers may claim that their products are safe, but if you want to support the longevity of your plumbing system, you’ll avoid them. These chemical drain cleaners use heat to power through clogs, but those heat-creating chemical reactions aren’t good for your pipes. Moreover, the chemicals are often not strong enough for unclogging the pipe. When they aren’t, they simply sit in your pipes, and their corrosive chemicals can simply eat away at your pipes until you’re able to eliminate the clog by other means. If you have a drain clog, it’s better to call Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of Florence so we can send a trained plumber to unclog your drain safely and promptly.

Address Slow Drains

If your drains have begun to flow slowly, you should have a plumber check them out. Slow drains suggest that a clog is forming. If you notice that you have more than one slow drain, that could be a sign that a clog is forming in the sewer line, which is the pipe that all drains in your home drain to. A sewer line clog is serious and can cause messy and destructive wastewater backup into the home. It’s important to let a trained plumber inspect your sewer line if you expect a clog is forming. The sooner that it’s cleared, the better for your plumbing system. Remember that clogs can weaken pipes and cause leaks that require parts and pipe replacements.

Plumbing System Inspection

Most people opt to have their plumbing system inspected before they buy or sell their homes. However, if you want to extend the life of your plumbing system, you should schedule a periodic inspection so you can ward off plumbing problems before they can lead to pipe damage and reduced plumbing system longevity.

Contact Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of Florence to maintain your plumbing system. We can send a trained and experienced plumbing professional to your Florence, SC home or commercial property to inspect or repair any plumbing problem. By maintaining your plumbing system with these tips, you can reduce wear and tear on your pipes and support your system’s long life. Contact us if you need a plumbing service or want to learn more about our professional plumbing solutions.

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