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Preventative Maintenance: Stop Plumbing Problems Before They Start

How To Prevent Plumbing Problems from Occurring

Are you the kind of person who puts things off until you can’t? Or are you known for having everything taken care of at all times? Maybe you fall somewhere in the middle?

Regardless of which category you identify with, we hope that some education on plumbing preventative maintenance will help you make better decisions leading to fewer, and less expensive plumbing problems.

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What Plumbing Problems Are Preventable?

There are several areas of plumbing that, with proper maintenance, can lead to lower overall costs. Some of these lower costs are associated with not having to make fast, emergency-based decisions. Time, and the ability to “shop around”, provides valuable research that typically leads to a better and more cost- effective decision as well.

Sewer Line Root Growth

Sewer lines can get clogged due to root growth, too much waste in the line, or a break in the line. In fact, roots in the sewer line can cause a fracture or offset and can catch the waste, making the clog more significant. It is why preventative maintenance to clear roots from a sewer line is so helpful. Most homeowner will perform an annual sewer line cleaning as part of their preventative maintenance plan.

Water Heater Mineral Deposit Build Up

Depending on your manufacturer’s instructions, you will likely want to flush your water heater annually to prevent mineral deposit build up. Frequency can vary based on your water hardness and your water consumption. Flushes extend the life of your water heater and with the cost of the service is rather low, so it easily pays for itself.

Kitchen Sink Clogs

Kitchen sink clogs are completely preventable as they have everything to do with how much waste is put down the drain. Use the kitchen trash can for scraps and food waste, rather than your sink and disposal. Avoid every putting stringy foods and grease down the drain to prevent requiring a kitchen sink drain cleaning.

Bathtub Clogs

While kitchen sink clogs are due to too much junk down the drain, bathtub clogs are a bit less preventable. Bathtubs tend to clog with hair and scale (which is build-up of soapy residues, oils and even minerals). Prevent them by using a hair catching drain screen and clearing it of hair periodically.

The Benefits of Preventative Maintenance

Long term money savings

Adding lifespan to appliances as well as avoiding the need for emergency services, helps save money in the long run.

Reduces damages

When preventative maintenance is performed, less chances exist for water or sewer damage to your floors, walls, and ceilings.

Buys time

If a problem does arise, repairs, rather than full replacements can be made, allowing for shopping around for the best price and/or quality.

Emergency Plumbing Issues

There are plumbing issues that are preventable, others are simple repairs, and finally, there are those considered to be emergency based. Emergency plumbing problems include not having running water or the ability to run water, flooding risks, and sanitary concerns.

When a main sewer line back-ups, it limits your ability to run water because it can cause flooding and additional sewage backing up to do so. Frozen lines, broken water pipes and even failing water heaters can also all create a potential flood hazard. These situations will always be worth calling an emergency plumber.

Plumbing problems will come up- it’s simply a matter of when. Preventative maintenance can help extend the life of your plumbing system and appliances and save you money. HD Plumbing Services can support your goals in emergency, repair and preventative maintenance plumbing needs. Give us a call today for a quote or to get your questions answered.

About HD Plumbing Services

Founded in 2015, HD Plumbing Services ( offers 24 hour plumbing services including water heater service & repair, leaky pipe fixes, drain cleaning services, and more. No matter how big or how small the job, our crew is standing by and ready to help as a plumber Vancouver WA.

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