Nip Plumbing Problems in the Bud
Home owners don’t really bother with plumbing unless the problems start to appear and when they do, it’s often a little too late. The problem here is that plumbing problems present symptoms way after the problems even started. For example, you didn’t know your pipe in the basement was leaking till you discovered that the foundations started to creak. This is because the moisture from the water has affected its integrity and it usually takes months before deterioration sets in.
As the cliché goes, prevention is always better than any cure. It’s easier to deal with plumbing problems when you’re proactive about keeping your plumbing system as healthy as possible. Here are some tips from on how you can nip plumbing problems in the bud.
Keep your drains clear
Normally, drains take in water and other stuff without any difficulty, but over time, any item that you throw into them accumulate and eventually cause a blockage. To keep your drains clear, avoid dumping anything other than water into sinks, bathtubs and shower drains. Throw your food wastes, even the small bits, in the trash bin.
Don’t flush anything else down the toilet
If you flush anything else other than human waste down the toilet, you’ll end up browsing the phone book for the closest professional plumber in your area. Toilets are designed to handle human waste, but they are not able to handle the other items that go along with the cleaning of your body parts, like tissue papers and wet wipes. Tissue paper can be flushed down the toilet because they break down easily but wet wipes are stronger and more resistant to tearing, so they end up blocking when they accumulate inside the drainage pipes.
Clean your sink with hot water
If your kitchen sink has been used to dispose of cooking oil and gunk, then the grease from these items may have stuck to the walls and are already thick enough that they caused serious blockage. In order to get rid of gunk and oil, just run hot water through your kitchen sink.
Inspect your pipes with the help of a professional plumber
An expert plumber is your pipes’ and fixtures’ doctor, so it helps to give them a call to inspect your plumbing system every now and then.