When your plumbing is working as it is supposed to, you probably don’t give it much thought. However, the more you think your plumbing, the better. Regular maintenance and proactive practices can make your plumbing work better and prevent plumbing disasters that can cause damage and costs thousands to repair. Plumbing maintenance and good practices don’t have to take a lot of time or cost a lot of money. Here are some simple things you can do to make your plumbing work better.
#1 Watch What Goes Down the Drains
One of the simplest things you can do to make your plumbing work better is to watch what goes down the drains. Avoid putting: trash, grease, large food particles, fibrous food particles, and harsh chemicals down the garbage disposal and kitchen drains. In bathroom keep: hair, trash, plastic products, diapers, wipes, and feminine products from being flushed. Install screens over drains in kitchen sinks, bathroom sinks, and over shower and tubs drain. This is an affordable way to keep things that don’t belong down the drain from going down and causing all kinds of trouble with your plumbing.
#2 Regular Drain Cleaning
Regular drain cleaning is a great way to prevent buildup and future plumbing problems. While there will be a cost associated, it's way less than dealing with a burst pipe. Over time all kinds of gunk can build up inside your plumbing, professional drain cleaning is the only way to eliminate the gunk and keep things moving. Regular drain cleaning is a good idea if: you live in an older home, have regular drainage issues, or you own a business such as a restaurant or a salon.
#3 Step Away from the Liquid Drain Cleaner
Liquid drain cleaner can do more harm than good, especially if you find yourself reaching for it more often. Unfortunately, the liquid drain cleaner isn’t that effective. It can decrease the amount of buildup, but won’t take care of all of it. This might give you temporary relief. While using liquid drain cleaner you risk damaging your plumbing pipes, it's harmful to the environment, and it’s dangerous to handle.
#4 Install Low Flow Aerators
Plumbing fixtures that are more efficient are plumbing systems that work better. Installing low flow aerators is a great way to lower the amount of water you use, without sacrificing effectiveness. Many newer faucets already have low flow aerators installed, if you don’t want to splurge on a new faucet to save water, you can invest a little under $5 dollars on low flow aerators and accomplish the same thing.
#5 Check Appliance Hoses
One of the most common plumbing disasters is an appliance hose goes out and springs a leak. Appliance hoses should be switched out every 5 years or anytime a new appliance is installed. Over time water supply hoses can get brittle and eventually leak causing damage and water waste. You can alleviate this by regularly inspecting water supply hoses and changing them out at regular intervals.
These simple practices can help your plumbing system work better and last longer. For more information about how to make your plumbing work better, contact Courtesy Plumbing today!