When it comes to your plumbing, clogs, drips and floods will be some of your biggest concerns. This is why you want to be sure you learn about the different red flags that can tell you that you may be headed for trouble. You also want to learn some simple maintenance tips to take care of these types of issues. This article will serve as a helpful guide in these respects.

Clogs – You can end up with clogs in the drains of your sinks, tubs and toilets. You can also end up with clogs in the pipes that go throughout the house, as well as the pipes that run underground. Foods, hair, grime, tree roots or anything else that enters your plumbing system that shouldn't can lead to clogs. However, one of the biggest villains to a plumbing system can be oil. Many people feel fine running a pan with oil on it under very hot water and rinsing it down the drain.

Since the oil goes down visually as a liquid, they assume it continues going through the system in this manner. However, this is not the case at all. As the oil cools along the way, it ends up getting stuck to the sides of the pipes. This causes the pipes to become thinner in circumference and it also leads to other things that go down the pipes to stick to the sides of the pipes as well. Therefore, the number one thing to do for your system is to make absolutely sure no oil reaches the drain in any form.

Drips – Drips can happen at the faucet taps, at the connections of any of the pipes, through any pipes that have cracks in them, through any plumbing gaskets that have cracks or aren't properly fitted or anywhere else where there are cracks or spaces there shouldn't be along the plumbing system.

One thing you need to understand about drips around your house is they will never go away on their own. In fact, they will only get worse. Drips that go unnoticed can lead to the development of mildew and mold, damages to the flooring and walls and damages to anything else that is on close contact with the water. Constant drips can also be seen in the regular water bills.

Floods – When you have a flood in your house, the chances are that you will learn of it rather quickly, unless you happen to be out of town when it happens. You can have a flood coming from the pipes in your yard and this will leave you with an obvious gusher or with a puddle. Floods in the house can come from under sinks, around toilets, under appliances or even from the walls.

As soon as you spot the signs of a flood in or around your home, you want to rush to the main water valve to turn it off. Don't turn the water back on until you get an emergency plumber or sewer service out or you can do more damage to your home and belongings.