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Tips to prevent costly repairs on neglected plumbing

Curl Curl Administration Admin Login - Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Amazingly, up to 15% of the value of your property is tied into your plumbing system. That complex system of appliances, pipes, taps and fixtures provides life-giving water for drinking and cleaning whenever you want it. Protect your investment with proper plumbing maintenance.

  • Service taps as soon as they start leaking. This prevents more costly repairs ie full replacement of taps or wearing of the brass seat.
  • Don’t over-tighten taps when turning off as this can cause the washer to split which results in dripping taps.
  • Repair leaking toilets the moment you notice water leaking to prevent costly water bills.
  • Don’t pour hot water in to your toilet bowl as it may lead to cracking of the porcelain.
  • Replace flexible hoses under sink and basins every 5 years to prevent failure and flooding of house.
  • Keep your gutters clean from debris to prevent rusting.
  • Keep downpipes clear to prevent flooding in heavy downpour.
  • Keep stormwater pits and grates cleaned to prevent flooding.
  • Do not plant large growing trees next to stormwater pits or drains and especially near shafts or sewer lines.
  • Have sewers permanently repaired over continuous maintenance if you have a tree root invasion into your sewer line. A plumber can use a CCTV to investigate and record the condition of your pipes.
  • Look out for bad smells from drains or soggy areas which may indicate blocked sewers. Other indicators can be slow to drain toilets or floor wastes.
  • Do not use liquid drain cleaners as some of them corrode the pipes causing major damage. They can also release toxic gases.
  • Check if you have a water leak by looking at your water meter. Record the indicator and don’t use any water for an hour or two. Recheck the meter. If the indicator has moved you may have a water leak. A big jump in your water bill may also indicate a leak.
  • Always know how to turn off your water meter & hot water in case of an emergency.
  • Regularly service your hot water system approx. every 3 years as it extends the life of the system and can help avoid any “no hot water" situations.

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