Protect Your Plumbing With Maintenance
Has there ever been anyone in the history of the world who said, “Gee, I’d really like to replace my pipes this month”? Has anyone ever really wished for a burst pipe, either? Not exactly! In fact, just the opposite is true. Homeowners want their pipes and plumbing to last forever and to work efficiently at the same time. How can you ensure that your plumbing has the staying power to go well into the future? You protect it! Here are a few ways to protect your plumbing from everyday hazards.
Flush Only Toilet Paper
It’s fascinating to watch the toilet bowl flush the water away and you may think it can handle anything you put down the drain, but that’s not the case. Ensure that everyone in your house knows you flush toilet paper (and that’s it!) down that drain. Even thicker papers like facial tissues and paper towels can cause issues since they don’t break down as easily. You don’t want anything clogging that drain and causing a backup. Prevention is the best protection you can have for plumbing in that area.
Safeguard Your Sink
The kitchen sink is also prone to backups, as are other sinks in the house. You should have rules around the sink as well. You don’t want to drain anything down the sink that can harm the pipes, such as oil. It makes sense to drain cooking oil into the sink while you run water, but that oil can harden inside the pipes and cause clogs. It’s best to let the oil cool and then dispose of it in the garbage.
Address Leaks Right Away
Do you have a leaky faucet or a pipe that has a small leak? It’s important to get that taken care of quickly. Not only can the leaks be annoying and leave puddles behind, but they can also be showcasing a larger issue that needs attention. If you ignore it, who knows what might happen that could cause further damage to your home and your plumbing.
Get Plumbing Inspections
Even if you do everything you can to protect your plumbing, it’s a good idea to have a professional inspect your plumbing on a regular basis to ensure that nothing is hiding from you. You will prevent larger issues later by fixing small things up front. Plumbing inspections are probably the largest thing you can do to protect your plumbing interests for the long haul.
Get More Ideas From Your Plumber
When you have a plumber come to your home for a plumbing inspection or a small repair, ask them for further tips on how you can protect your pipes and plumbing system. They are happy to help you with ideas and advice from a professional standpoint. Contact Stephens Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning for small and large repairs, maintenance checkups, and advice for plumbing treatment. We’re here to make sure your home is operating as efficiently and effectively as possible, for as long as possible!