According to professional plumbers and experts, the laundry room is where most plumbing problems arise. The laundry room is the next frequently used room in the house aside from the kitchen and bathrooms. This is probably the reason why clogging and leaks are also often found in the laundry area.
Fortunately, these problems can be easily prevented with proper cleaning and maintenance. Here are some professional tips to help you take care of your pipes and drains in the laundry room.
For the washing machine
Your washer and dryer are the primary furniture in your laundry room that is connected to your plumbing system. This is why you should know how to properly use and handle your washers so as to take care of your pipes and water system as well.
Below is a list of reminders that you should follow to take care of your washer.
- If possible, use the washer only when the load is full. This will help you save water and electricity since you lessen the frequency of the use of your washer.
- Regularly inspect the hoses of your washer. You should look for signs of wear, tear and leaks. Also, consider replacing your rubber hoses with stainless steel braided hoses as they more resistant to wear, tear and leaks.
- Place a strainer in the hose of your washer to prevent dirt and debris from entering the pipes and potentially causing a clog. These types of strainers can be purchased from local hardware stores. Just tell them the brand of washer that you use and the size of the hose.
For the drains and pipes
Another part of your laundry where most plumbing problems arise is the drains. They are prone to clogging especially if they do not have strainers to filter out the debris from the waste water coming from your washer. If your laundry room drains already have strainers, make sure you regularly clean them at least 2-3 times per week to prevent the accumulation of dirt and debris in the strainers and, thus, causing clogs.
After checking your laundry room drains, you should also consider checking the pipes in your laundry room. This is particularly true for the pipes that are found under your sinks. When checking your pipes, you are looking for signs of leaks and wear and tear. If you see any sign pointing to leaks, you should call your plumber as soon as possible.
Other helpful tips
In addition to the tips mentioned above, you should also consider having an experienced plumber to install a flood alarm in the laundry room. This alarm will tell you if there is a leak in the room. When you hear it, you should call your plumber at once.
Another helpful tip would be to replace your washer, if it is already worn out and outdated. Aside from wasting water and electricity, a worn out washer could also cause problems to the pipes and drains.
For more plumbing tips and information, call MBHS Plumbing now.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577