Preparing Plumbing For Your New Appliances

The holidays come with some really great deals on new appliances for your home. If you're planning to replace old appliances with new because the old appliances just didn't work as well as they once did, there's a few things that you should do before the appliances are installed. Here, you'll find a few tips for preparing your plumbing for new appliances.

Do you have hard water?

If the water in your home is hard, you are losing years of use for each appliance that uses water to operate. That hard water will cause debris to build up inside the appliances and inside the water lines. Before you get busy installing the new appliances, you really should do something to soften the water. If you have an existing water softening system in your home, it may need some maintenance if the water isn't being treated well; if you don't have a water softening system, now's the time to invest in one.

You might not think that you have a few hundred dollars extra to invest in a water softening system, but that few hundred dollars can save you the cost of replacing your appliances a few years earlier than they should be.

Now, once you have your water softener installed and working properly, you'll need to have the water lines flushed and cleaned. All of the sediment and debris that the hard water left behind in the lines must be removed. This will promote excellent water pressure and reduce the chances of damaging the appliances that you've installed.

How old are the bibs and valves?

If the water connecting bibs and valves are very old, it might be time to consider replacing them. Do you have a hard time disconnecting the water line from the washing machine? Do you see a drip now and then coming from the spigot handle? If the fixtures begin to corrode or have a build-up of debris on them, chances are, they will leak at some point—why not replace them now before the leak happens at the most inopportune moment?

Before you install all of those new appliances, stop—contact your local plumber for assistance with preparing the existing water and plumbing system to supply your appliances with the proper amount of clean water. Hopefully, these changes will protect the new appliances and keep them functioning for many, many years before you even have to think about replacing them again.

Reach out to plumbing companies like Adams Plumbing & Heating Company for more information.