You might only think of calling a plumber when your home has a major water leak or for when you want to upgrade the plumbing behind the walls. However, a good plumber can also perform a variety of maintenance tasks in the home that will offer protection to the plumbing by reducing the risk of leaks and also reduce wear and tear on many of your plumbing components. Note a few of those tasks here so you can discuss them with a plumber and consider having them done in your home.

Treating and cleaning drains

Your drains may not be clogged and backed up yet, but if they have dirt, hair, soap scum, oily residue, and any other such contaminants in them, they may start to back up soon enough. This can also interrupt the flow rate of the water in your drains so that even more contaminants are able to collect around the pipes and cause potential clogs. A plumber can perform a drain treatment, usually with a type of air pressure or air blaster, that helps to completely clear the drains and keep water flowing at a good rate.

Cleaning the garbage disposal

As with your drains, your garbage disposal may also have debris clinging to it from months and years of use. This too can eventually cause clogs and may also be putting added wear and tear on the blades and motor of the disposal. A plumber can also clean this out completely so that nothing is clinging to the inside of the disposal and it works freely and easily.

Cleaning the hot water heater

Water heaters often get a buildup of sediment inside, typically from crystals and other additives in water that cling to the sides of the heater or make their way to the bottom as water is heated. This can put added pressure on the appliance, as it needs to push water through this sediment when you turn on a hot water tap. A plumber can clean out your hot water heater so that it doesn't suffer this unnecessary wear and tear and your water is always as clean as possible.

Adjusting the water pressure

Too much water pressure in your plumbing system can mean excess pressure on the home's pipes and, in turn, the increased risk of a leak or broken connection. A plumber can check the pressure and adjust it as needed or suggest if you might switch to a showerhead or other device that offers better control of your home's water pressure.