Plumbing Tips For Home Owners

April 6, 2016

Calgary plumbing

If you live in the busy part of Calgary, then you may have noticed that plumbing issues happen at the worst possible times. Some of the plumbing situations can be extremely inconsiderate of our busy schedule. It is always good to avoid some of the emergencies from occurring. Here are some tips you need to consider to avoid some of the costly Calgary plumbing repairs.

 

Check the hot water tank

When it comes to plumbing repairs, fixing a faulty hot water tank will cost you more than you can imagine. But you can save a couple of hundred dollars if you notice a defect before it worsens. Replacing the tank will cost you more than fixing a small fault.

If the problem seems like it will recur again, you will have enough time to budget and get different quotes from different companies out there. Check the water inlet and outlet to the hot water heater. If they look rusty then chances are that they might leak in the near future. You can use an old tooth brush to scrub off the rust as you schedule a tank change accordingly.

To ensure the Safety Relief Valve works properly, pull it at least every six months. This is also good for your safety. You will know the valve is worn out when you pull it and it doesn’t stop dripping with water after a couple of minutes.

 

Check the sinks in the house

You may not be able to afford to hire a drain cleaning company in Calgary. But you can avoid serious problems that face drainage systems. One of the tips is checking the sinks in the house. This include checking what goes under your drain. Start by making sure no foods are forced down the drain. The problem with organics in the drain is that they harden on the downstream side of the blockage. This is the dry part of the drainage and organics are normally exposed to air.

Dry organics in the drains are like rocks and will need extensive operation to clear. Bathroom sinks and showers normally block due to hair build-up. For such blockages, try to pour a litre or so of bleach down the drain and let it sit for a couple of hours. This sometimes work. But if the blockage persists, seek an expert advice.

So before you hire an expert in Calgary to fix some of the plumbing problems in your home, try to consider the above routine checks. Solving a problem before it escalates can save you money and give you a peace of mind.

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