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How to Reduce the Risk of Plumbing Failures

Published: August 7, 2020
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Some things in life are inevitable, but a major plumbing disaster is not one of them. You can be proactive by taking the right steps to make your pipework and equipment more robust. Here are some ways to boost your plumbing system’s durability.

Insulate pipes

Even if you’ve had the piping there for years without incident, small issues could result in expensive and damaging pipe bursts. Insulate cold pipes to prevent condensation from forming and corroding the metal. Insulate hot water pipes to reduce heat loss and protect them from large temperature differences. You will also save money on energy, making this a win-win.

Maintain equipment

Your water heater and sump pump are two critical pieces of your home’s plumbing system that you can’t afford to ignore. If you ignore routine maintenance, you could end up with a major plumbing failure like a flooded basement or lukewarm water. Have a professional inspect and repair any minor issues before they turn into disasters.

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Deal with problems early on

Speaking of early intervention, you can save yourself lots of grief by dealing with problems while they are small enough to ignore. If the problem is so minor that you find yourself procrastinating, make an effort to have it fixed right away. This will prevent the issue from spreading to other parts of your plumbing system.

Upgrade piping

Depending on the type of piping in your home, you may be at greater risk of plumbing failures. Cast iron is prone to rusting, old piping may contain lead, and certain types of plastics are more likely to fail. Regardless of the type of plumbing materials in your home, talk to a professional about the best time to replace your piping.

Mind your habits

The way you treat your plumbing system will have an impact on how long it gives you trouble-free operation. Take care not to throw food, grease, or dangerous chemicals down your sink to protect your drains. Keep faucet aerators clean so your water stays clear and have a professional maintain your water heater so buildup in the tank does not cause early failure.


If you need someone to inspect your home’s plumbing system, give us a call or schedule service online.  Tiger is here to help, and our professional technicians will make sure your home is not at increased risk for plumbing failure.


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