While some people look only at the privileges of being a homeowner, those who actually fall under this category know that this comes along with a great number of responsibilities, as well. The most prominent issue on this list is the question of upkeep and maintenance of your home. For example, people in rental homes rarely (if ever) think about the drainage, yet there are several reasons why a homeowner would have to resort to this maintenance task. For instance, fixing a water hammer problem, making some major plumbing repairs or even shutting down a non-residential property’s water supply during the winter. With this in mind, here are few tips that may come in handy.
1. Pipe insulation
The last issue we listed in the introduction is at the same time the most common reason why people need to drain their pipe in the first place. Nonetheless, seeing how this is a complicated matter, there is one idea that could save you quite a bit of time and effort over the course of years. We are of course talking about pipe insulation. In this way, you are raising the temperature of water within the pipes, thus preventing it from freezing and blowing it all up. Even though this method is not 100 percent reliable, it also means that you might not even need to proceed with drainage this year at all.
2. Make sure to clean them regularly
Another thing that could help you out by quite a bit is cleaning your drains on a regular basis. You see, having the water freeze is not the only hazard that could occur here. Various materials that go down your drains might show an inclination towards creating obstacles in the pipes. Not only can this make it harder for you to drain them once you need to, but could also cause a clog in your pipes. Luckily, most of this can get avoided with a simple upkeep trick of pouring hot water down the drain in order to dislodge these clogs. Needless to say, once the clog has already formed it might be too late to start with this practice.
3. Draining the system
Once the situation gets past the point of no return, it might be the time to finally start draining. You can start by shutting off the main water valve (which is why it is vital for every new homeowner to know its whereabouts). Next, you should head to the lowest level in your home (usually the basement) and simply open the faucet. Once you are done, you should head upstairs to the highest level of your home and do the same. Just make sure that you turn them back off, in order to avoid an unpleasant surprise once you turn the main valve back on.
As soon as you are done with this, flush all the toilets inside of your home. In the end, there should be no water coming out of any faucet, although, an occasional drip is more than acceptable.
One last thing, some people aren’t completely comfortable with doing this on their own, which is why they prefer getting a professional for this sort of things. This is also advisable in the situation of a heavy clog. Keep in mind, however, that you need someone local for this job, someone who can be there in 15 minutes, should you need them. This is why a suburban Sydneysider, might want to look for someone who deals with blocked drains in Alexandria, while residents of other regions of Australia should do the same in their area.
As you could see from the above-listed examples, taking preventive measures such as pipe insulation and regular cleaning might actually be the safest course of action. It definitely is the cheapest. Still, the greatest two problems here are that A) this isn’t 100 percent reliable and B) it takes awareness of this problem that a lot of people, sadly, don’t have beforehand. For most, it takes one serious clog or pipe burst in order to start paying attention to the condition of their drains. Luckily, as you could see from the other example, even this problem has its solution.