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Practicing Good Plumbing Hygiene

rusty-pipesJust as we perform good hygiene by brushing our teeth and bathing regularly, there’s something to be said about maintaining “hygiene” for your plumbing system as well.

Whether it’s to protect your health or to increase the lifespan of your plumbing, there are several services and products that a plumber in Glendale, AZ can perform or install to improve “plumbing hygiene.”

Drain Stoppers

Drain stoppers are a great way to prevent organic waste and other clogging substances from going down your drains. Whether it’s in the kitchen sink or in the bathtub, the effectiveness of drain stoppers shouldn’t be overlooked.

Of course, you’ll also need to make sure that you clean out the drain stopper regularly. Under the right circumstances, all that wet gunk can facilitate the growth of mold or bacteria.

Annual and As-Needed Drain Cleaning

If your drains are emitting a stench, first check that it’s not an issue with mold under the drain stopper or drain cover. If that’s not the cause, then you’re going to need a drain cleaning. The exact cause can be hard to determine without being there to inspect, but some likely causes include decomposing food trapped in the pipes or even a particularly dirty sewer line. One way to tell is by seeing if the odors come from multiple drains or just one.

Drain cleaning shouldn’t be needed very often in these circumstances if you’re already getting annual drain cleaning performed.

Replacing Old Pipes

Replacing pipes in your plumbing system, also known as repiping, is often performed when the pipes in your home have become too old. Aged pipes will frequently leak, and it becomes more cost-effective to have them replaced. However, replacing old pipes can also be a big benefit to your health and safety. There are typically many health-related issues with older pipes, such as the case with lead and galvanized steel piping. Alternatively, corroded and rusted pipes can deposit some of that rust into your drinking water.

Always Fix Leaks Promptly

When your pipes leak, with it comes the risk of water damage. In many cases, you might not even be aware that there is a leak until you notice the resultant stains of water damage forming on the walls. Aside from looking terrible, water damage creates the conditions for the growth of mold and mildew, so it’s essential that you have these leaks repaired before they can do more damage.

Carpeting and Leaks

On that note, you should also be wary of leaks that may form in carpeted rooms. A carpet damp with water will eventually lead to mold, possibly underneath the carpet itself. This is especially prevalent in the event of a slab leak that forms beneath a carpeted room.

Hard Water

Hard water is water that contains high concentrations of minerals like magnesium and calcium. There’s nothing unhygienic about consuming these minerals—some even argue that they help toward your daily requirement of nutrients. The problem is what it will do to your plumbing system. These minerals will build up as a chalky white substance on your faucets, showerheads, and on the inside of your pipes. If you’ve ever lived with hard water for long, you know that it’s more than a minor inconvenience. The only way to get rid of it is with a water softener.

Contact Cool Touch Air Conditioning and Heating today to schedule a plumbing service.

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