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5 Ways To Prevent Home Plumbing Nightmares

 December 15, 2014  /  Comments Off on 5 Ways To Prevent Home Plumbing Nightmares

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If you’re like most homeowners, you don’t know very much about the plumbing that carries hot and cold water to the sinks, showers, and tubs in your house. Sure, you know that piping is embedded in your walls, but you might not have the faintest clue what it consists of or how you’re supposed to maintain it in order to prevent major problems like loss of hot water, loss of water pressure, leaks, and so on. That said, you need only take a few simple steps in order to avoid many common home plumbing problems that can lead to disaster (like serious water damage). Here are some preventive measures that could just help you to avoid costly repairs related to plumbing nightmares.

5 Ways To Prevent Home Plumbing Nightmares

  1. Be careful what you flush. Toilets are designed for a very specific purpose: the elimination of human waste. And yet, people will flush all kinds of things down the drain, including massive amounts of toilet tissue, feminine hygiene products, cat litter, and all kinds of trash. This can not only compromise the integrity of your septic system, but in the more immediate sense, it can lead to clogs and backups in your toilet, potentially even putting pressure on the pipes and leading to leaks elsewhere. And you’ll find that you’re especially prone to such clogs if your home features low-flow toilets. The easiest solution is to make sure that you flush only appropriate substances, and if necessary, flush frequently to avoid clogs.
  2. Consider what goes in your kitchen sink. If you have a garbage disposal, you probably dump all kinds of leftover food down the drain. But even if you don’t, you probably end up pouring cooking oil, grease, and small bits of food down the drain. And these can build up over time and cause clogs, lingering odors, and other potentially serious issues. You can prevent such problems most easily by simply pouring excess grease and oil into containers so that it can be tossed (or reused, depending on the type of grease), and flushing your drains with vinegar and hot water or tossing lemons in your garbage disposal on a regular basis.
  3. Snake drains regularly. Drains can become clogged with food and grease, or alternately, hair and soap residue, just for example, especially if you don’t practice regular maintenance. You might want to hire a plumber for the messy job of snaking your drains, but if you frequently suffer from clogs, you may want to learn to perform the task yourself to cut costs.
  4. Flush the water heater annually. This is something that every homeowner should have on their annual checklist for household maintenance as a way to stop sediment buildup that can affect hot water usage. Simply call in your plumber for the job or learn to do it yourself with a home repair guide or online tutorials.
  5. Understand your plumbing. You don’t have to go through years of training and become a professional plumber to gain a basic understanding of what’s going on in your home. In fact, you can learn a lot simply by talking to a qualified service provider like Northeast Plumbing. When you know whether you’re dealing with clay or copper plumbing, hard or soft water, and issues like calcium and/or rust, you can ensure that you’re doing everything possible to practice proper preventive maintenance and look for common problems that could lead to plumbing disasters.
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  • Published: 3 years ago on December 15, 2014
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