Six Preventative Measures to Avoid Plumbing Problems in the Future

Homeowners rarely think about “preventive plumbing” for their homes. However, there are a number of preventive measures you can take to avoid any problems with your plumbing down the road. We will go over six of them in more detail below.

Clean Your Drains Routinely

Instead of waiting for drain clogs to strike, you can prevent them from sneaking up on you. Drain cleaning is a great way to clear major clogs when they happen, but it is also a preventative maintenance task. The team of skilled and experienced local plumbers at Option One uses cutting-edge drain cleaning technology and techniques to restore your home’s drains to a “like new” condition, making future clogs unlikely. This also keeps drain flies and unpleasant odors at bay as well as extends the life of your drain pipes.

Do Not Ignore Leak Detection

You could have leakage problems in your home that you were unaware of. Hidden leaks are one of the most common plumbing issues homeowners deal with, and they are not to be taken lightly. Leaks waste a serious amount of water and can lead to mold growth and structural damage. We suggest you arrange professional leak detection every few years, so any minor leaks can be addressed before they escalate into serious (read: expensive) problems.

Install an Automatic Shut-Off Valve

An automatic shut-off valve defends your property from flooding caused by a serious plumbing mishap—the kind of tragedy that could occur while you are away on vacation. It connects with leak detection systems installed around your home, particularly in high-risk areas for flooding, such as your basement. When water begins to pool, or there is a dramatic decline in water pressure, it shuts off the water main.

Install a Water Softener Filtration System

Hard water wreaks havoc on plumbing systems and can damage water heaters beyond repair. A water softener is installed where the water main enters the home and uses sodium to counteract the hard water minerals to “soften” the water.

Flush the Water Heater

You should stay on top of your water heater maintenance to ensure that it operates effectively, efficiently, and safely. The team of plumbers at Option One will be able to tell you when it is time to flush out the water heater, which will clear any sediment build-up and boost energy efficiency while also extending the life of the water heater.

Replace Aging Pipes

If your house was built before the ’70s, it likely has old pipes. We recommend that you talk to our local plumbers about the condition of your pipes (for example, during a leak detection or repair service) to determine whether it is time to replace your aging pipes.

If you want to learn more about keeping your plumbing system in good condition, reach out to Option One. We are dedicated to bringing homeowners in California, Arizona, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Wyoming quality and affordable plumbing solutions. Call us at 1-800-905-7115 or write to us at to request a quote today!