Whether it’s allowing you to enjoy a hot shower at the end of a long day, quickly do an entire load of dishes, or avoid having to use an outhouse, your plumbing system is one of the most valuable tools in your home. The thing is, if you’re like most people, you don’t give your plumbing much thought until you’re stuck with a problem.
While certain issues can be a bit more difficult to avoid, there are plenty of problems you can prevent simply by changing some daily habits and investing in a few preventative maintenance measures. If you want to avoid a plumbing disaster, here are a few ways you can do just that.
Watch What Goes Down Your Drains
Although you may think otherwise, not much else is meant to go down your drains besides water, human waste, and toilet paper. When your drains get met with materials other than those, you can find yourself dealing with quite a messy problem.
Are you filling your shower drain with thick conditioners and enough stray hair to create a small, furry animal? Are you shaving directly over your sink and allowing all the removed stubble to flow down the drain? Have you been tossing wipes that are labeled as “flushable“ into your toilet? Not good.
For starters, hair and soap scum can very easily cause a nasty clog in your shower drains. To avoid this, place plastic or rubber hair traps in your shower and sinks so hair is caught before it has a chance to make it down your drain’s.
It’s also important to note that, even if they are labeled as such, bathroom wipes are not flushable. They simply don’t break down the same way toilet paper does and can quickly clump together and clog your drains. Make sure to only toss toilet paper into your toilet and place everything else into a wastebasket.
If you have a habit of putting plates into the sink when they still have food on them, you can quickly find yourself with a gross clog when that food makes its way down your drains. You also aren’t doing yourself or your plumbing any favors if you’re tossing every food scrap you create down your garbage disposal.
The same way you should put plastic traps over your bathroom drains, you should also place them in your kitchen sink to catch food. As for your garbage disposal, keep bones, nuts, and any starchy or stringy foods out of your unit to avoid a clog, jam, or other malfunction.
Stay Clear of Chemical Cleaners
If you do find yourself with a clog, you may be tempted to head to the store and pick out the fastest-acting chemical drain cleaner they have — but that’s actually the last thing you should do. Store-bought drain cleaners are full of harmful ingredients that can eat away at your pipes from the inside and cause even bigger problems.
Instead of using a store-bought product, make your own drain cleaner using baking soda and white vinegar. Pour a bit of baking soda down the clogged drain, followed by the vinegar. Allow that to bubble for a few minutes and then pour boiling water down the drain.
If the clog still remains, it may be wise to schedule a professional drain cleaning. A licensed plumber will be able to perform a video inspection of the clog and expertly remove it to restore your plumbing.
Handles Leaks ASAP
If you notice a sudden spike in your water bill, water damage on your walls, ceilings, or floors, or spike a noticeable drip from a faucet or other plumbing fixture, you may have a leak on your hands. If left unchecked, the problem will only get worse, potentially leading to a burst pipe, mold growth, or other issues. To avoid a disaster, you should have leaks found and repaired as soon as possible. In some cases, it may be necessary for you to re-pipe certain areas of your home, especially if the leak is caused by older or corroded pipes, while less serious cases may be able to be solved with a simple patch.
Solves Plumbing Problems with Always Plumbing Heating and Air
Whether you’re thinking of scheduling some preventative maintenance or are in need of a full repair, the expert team at Always Plumbing Heating and Air is here to help in Laguna Hills and the surrounding areas. From leak detection and re-piping to drain cleaning and water heater maintenance, we have all your plumbing needs covered.
Contact us today to schedule a service or learn more about the services we offer.