Ways You Can Help Prevent Keeping Your Pipes From Leaking
No matter what condition the pipes for your home are currently in, the fact that they will get older and more brittle every day stands alone. You may not be able to keep your pipes from getting weathered, but you can help that process happen much slower by taking precautions to extend their life as long as possible. The following tips will help you keep those pipes working at their best, even when their best is getting a little less.
The water pressure in your home can play a negative role in the functioning and longevity of your pipes. Keeping the water pressure in your home set at a high level raises the convenience of taking a shower or washing the dishes, making things flowing quickly and strongly. The problem is, however, that consistent high pressure can put a lot of stress on the integrity of the pipes and all of the joints and valves involved.
Some things you can do to check the water pressure to keep it in the optimal range:
Your local plumber can help you measure the pressure, simply give them a call! You can also purchase a hose bib gauge to do it yourself.
Be sure to set the water pressure to a comfortable and efficient range, between 40 to 85 psi.
Another factor that puts the beat on the plumbing pipes in your home could be the presence of hard water being used in your home. This creates corroding of the joints and fittings, causing the pipes to come apart much more readily than if they were distributing soft water. The following signs indicate that you have hard water and might want to consider switching to a soft water system:
If you find white granules or residue on surfaces surrounding or on plumbing fixtures, like shower heads for example, it could mean you are using hard water.
Test your water, you will be looking for a number below 140 parts per million.
You won’t be able to keep the pipes from degrading, but you can contact your local professionals at Jack Ward & Sons Plumbing Co. at (615)-227-2811, today!
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