Ten things to extend the life of your plumbing system

  1. Don't use your toilet or food waste grinder aka disposal as a trash can. It's best to remove a disposal totally from your kitchen sink. Dumping excess food and grease down your sink is the fastest way to meet me.
  2. Flush only toilet paper, preferably the thinnest kind, down the commode. Keep in mind that there's no such thing as a “flushable" wipe. Feminine products are also a definite no-no.
  3. Don't be shy when it comes to water usage. I've seen elderly people have more clogs because of lack of showering and laundry usage. Pipes will get sludged up
  4. Set the temperature of your hot water heater to 120 degrees. Excessive hot water temperature decreases the life span of your fixtures. Use a thermometer under your faucet to check the temperature.
  5. Don't buy the cheapest plumbing fixtures. You get what you pay for.  My favorite brand is Moen.  https://www.moen.com/
  6. Set your whole house water pressure regulator to 60 psi. Excessive water pressure decreases the life span of your fixtures.
  7. Install a properly sized and charged thermal expansion tank on your hot water heater.  https://helmkenplumbing.com/water-heater-repair-installation-pittsburgh/
  8. Install a water softener if your domestic potable water supply contains a high content of minerals aka hard water. That will keep your faucets clear of excessive scale buildup. If you have a water softener, then it is critical to have dielectric unions on the water connections of your water heater.
  9. Don't ignore small drips. I've seen small drips eventually eat holes in bathtubs and sinks.
  10. Descale your hot water heater. The way you do it will depend on what kind you have: tank or tankless.

Be vigilant. Keep your eyes peeled and your ears open because your Pittsburgh plumbing speaks its' own language.

As the old cliche goes, “it's a journey not a destination".