Chicago Home Plumbing System Maintenance Tips
At Vanguard Plumbing & Sewer, we’re asked by homeowners throughout our West Side, North Side, Northwest Side and Far North Sides about steps they can take to protect their plumbing system and plumbing fixtures all the time. We welcome those questions and are happy to provide whatever information we can to provide our customers with even greater peace of mind. How better to serve both our customers and our website visitors than to outline a few simple steps they can take year round to minimize the chances they have a major plumbing problem to address.
First, these steps aren’t all actually steps. Some of them are just rules of thumb to keep in mind whenever you interact with your plumbing system or a plumbing fixture like your toilet or faucets. Second, these are all common sense things so we’re not divulging any of Vanguard Plumbing & Sewer’s big secrets (the secret being we have no secrets – complete transparency is what you get with our plumbers). But you can thank our licensed and insured plumbers when you see them if you want to. Say it by phone by calling (773) 633-6139 for an estimate. Now to our steps:
#1: Become A Leak Checking Machine
Sounds odd, right? Well, it’s the right thing to do if you want to protect your Chicago home from plumbing leaks. Get in the habit of looking at your plumbing system with a keen eye – and not just when you’re using one. You probably clean by a schedule so just add checking your plumbing pipes and fixtures for leaks. It can save you a ton of frustration and money because replacement is always more costly than early detection and mitigation.
#2: Invest In Effective Drain Covers
Yes, we know that drain covers aren’t the most glamorous thing to think about adding to your home’s plumbing system but it can go a long way toward protecting your pipes from the gunk that builds up and causes clogs. While fairly simple, snaking a toilet or shower drain isn’t cheap so skip that completely with a new drain cover for every drain in your home. They’re inexpensive and come in a million varieties. Vanguard Plumbing & Sewer can even recommend one if you need help.
#3: Develop No-Flush Rules In The Home
Probably the single biggest contributor to plumbing calls in and around Chicago are items being flushed that have no business in a sewer line. We could list off the items that should be on your no-flush list but they’re pretty self-explanatory and the list would be considerable in length. The simplest rule to follow, and to pass along to your kids, is that nothing that’s not toilet paper should be flushed down the toilet. No swabs, no cotton balls, no sanitary products and definitely no facial tissue. These items won’t break down as intended and will cause big problems for your toilet and your plumbing system.
#4: Be Mindful Of Chicago Toilet Tanks
Believe it or not, toilet tanks can cost you an amazing amount of money if they’re running without your knowledge. Water isn’t free and wasting it is frowned upon so you need to be in control of your toilet tank at all times. At Vanguard, we recommend using food coloring to check if your tank is running every three months. All you have to do is add a few drops of food coloring to the tank and let is sit for 45 minutes. If you spot any food coloring in the bowl then you know your toilet is leaking and needs to be repaired or replaced by the team at Vanguard Plumbing & Sewer.
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Whether it’s a simple clogged drain or a new toilet installation, Vanguard Plumbing & Sewer has the skills, the products, and the prices to deliver an A+ result in minimal time with zero worry. Call us today!
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