Plumbing systems, having been around since the Roman empire, have a rich history of adding a touch of luxury in any home. These pipes ensure that you have a constant supply of hot and cold water. Well, that is without the need to lug water containers around.
Thanks to the use of modern materials, such as aluminium pipes, current plumbing systems are more elaborate and boast a longer lifespan. However, they’re not indestructible. Something would go wrong eventually, saddling you with hefty repair bills.
Be sure to insulate them
Many homeowners pay dearly when they fail to protect their pipes during the freezing months of winter. Water will expand (when frozen) when exposed to sub-zero temperatures, especially when you don’t run the taps frequently. Unfortunately, frozen water can cause extensive damages to the pipes.
Once freezing water expands, the pipes could burst and create a mess, as it exposes your home to water damage. It also means that you must endure water shortage during this cold time of the year when hot baths are a necessity. Insulating your home’s plumbing system at the onset of the cold season could save you a considerable amount of money.
Embrace preventive maintenance
Hidden behind the walls or beneath the floors, it’s easy to ignore your piping system until something goes wrong. Doing so puts you at a significant disadvantage, however. If the leakage has been going on for a long time, you might need to spend a lot on repairs.
For starters, you might have to knock down and replace a wall or floorboards. Again, there’s mould infestation to contend with on top of replacing damaged pipes. Having a plumbing expert examine your system at least once a year keeps it in top form.
With proper installation, your plumbing system can serve you well for a long time. However, you will need to take proactive measure to ensure that it lives out its lifespan.