5 Home Plumbing Disasters You Can Avoid Through Regular Maintenance

5 Home Plumbing Disasters You Can Avoid Through Regular Maintenance

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In matters of maintenance, plumbing is one of the things you should always keep an eye on.

Once your plumbing system breaks down, repairs can prove quite costly and may lead to a substantial reduction in your financial resources.

Whether it’s a flooded dishwasher, frozen pipes, or an overflowing toilet, make sure to contact an emergency plumbing service immediately before it turns into a major disaster. After the problem gets sorted out, you may want to consider pencilling in annual plumbing maintenance into your list of home maintenance tasks.

Why is plumbing maintenance crucial?

Letting your plumber visit you once a year to check your plumbing system will save you from headaches and major repair expenses in the long run.

A plumber will look for any signs of plumbing problems and deal with them before they become too costly and complicated to repair.

This includes:

  • Checking for signs of leaks and exposed pipes such as water stains and small puddles.
  • Testing water pressure as low pressure may indicate a build-up of sediments in the shower head, faucet, or even a water line problem.
  • Searching for signs of corrosion such as pipe discolouration as this causes leaks and bad pipe connections.
  • Testing drainage in showers, sinks, and tubs as slow draining usually means there’s a blockage.
  • Checking toilets and flushing mechanisms.
  • Checking for loose tiles around sinks, water pipes and in the shower as they can indicate a leak or that the wall is rotting underneath.
  • Double-checking sealing around tubs, toilet, and sinks.
  • Inspecting water heater burner chambers for rust, corrosion and leaks.

Keeping pipes problem-free is the most important duty of a homeowner. Through regular plumbing maintenance, you can avoid the following disasters that can cost you tons of money:

1. Blocked drain

Drains are mainly designed for liquids. But often, especially in the kitchen, other items such as food leftovers can cause clogs. When not fixed immediately, clogging can lead to flooding.

You can avoid having blocked drains by diligently using sink strainers and your garbage disposal system.

2. Overflowing toilet

Flushing the toilet and realising that the bowl continues to fill in is a horrendous experience.

This plumbing issue can be costly and may require special tools for repair. It’s better to spend less on basic drain maintenance than deal with an overflowing toilet in the middle of the night.

An overflowing toilet can ruin the floors and the room ceiling underneath. To prevent this, keep the area around your toilet free from accessories that may fall in and cause a blockage. Also, do not attempt to flush rubbish into your toilet including feminine products, diapers and tangled up hair.

3. Garbage disposal breakdown

No matter how careful you are with your garbage disposal, food rubbish will still build up over time. Make sure to ask for a preventative disposal cleanout from your plumber at least every 2 to 3 years to keep your appliance in tip-top shape.

What you can put in the disposal are only small portions. A few grains of rice and noodles won’t cause trouble. However, it’s also important that you train your family members never to toss any of these things down the drain:

  • Any form of fat such as leftover bacon grease, used cooking oil or fat trimmings.
  • Fibrous and starchy foods such as pasta, potatoes, beans, vegetable peels and rice.
  • Hard organic matter such as shrimp shells, bones, seeds and fruit pits.

4. Laundry machine flooding

Even if you attach the hose properly, it may still come loose as the washing machine shakes back and forth. Most causes of laundry machine leakage are holes in the pipes, doors that won’t close all the way, and blocked drain pipes.

Your plumber can prevent these problems through regular maintenance so that you can simply washing clothes without difficulty. If you encounter flooding, consider booking a cleaning service to deal with the mess and have a hassle-free cleanup.

5. Water heater failure

A water heater permanently out of commission is a huge inconvenience especially during winter.

Water heater problems are quite complex and it’s best to call for professional plumbing help to assess the situation. A plumber will check your water heater and recommend either repair or replacement.

You’ll know when your water heater requires inspection when you observe any of the following signs:

  • Small pools of water around your water heater appliance
  • Decreased water pressure
  • Strange noise emissions like rumbling or bumping
  • Strange hot water odours
  • Rusty water coming through every time you turn the hot water handle

Why spend thousands in cash on fixing plumbing disasters when you can avoid them through regular maintenance?

The effort and time you invest in keeping your plumbing systems in the best condition will be more than worth it knowing you can evade suffering the consequences of a plumbing problem later down the line.


Based in South Melbourne, Blue Diamond Plumbing was founded in 1985, working on new homes, repairs and commercial contracts. Over time they have grown to become some of the best plumbers Melbourne has to offer. Since 2001 the company has specialised in Emergency Plumbing and Property Maintenance, Repairs and Renovations for homes and businesses in Melbourne and inner city suburbs. Owner Rod Diamond has over 30 years experience with emergency plumbing in Melbourne’s inner suburbs.