An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure—especially when it comes to your plumbing. Not only can calling the plumber out to make repairs be costly, but the damage done by leaks and overflows can be excessive and unsightly. To prevent such plumbing incidents, make sure you employ these tips:
Keep hair catchers in your drains.
Few things are as good at forming clogs as human hair! To ensure you don't end up with a clogged sink or rub, keep hair catchers in the drains in your bathroom and anywhere else you might wash your hair. Plastic hair catchers are only a couple of dollars each at most home goods stores. You can find fancier metal ones if you're concerned about the look.
Pour vinegar and baking soda down your drains every month.
Soap scum, grease, hair and other debris start to build up on the walls of your pipes far before they cause symptoms like a slow drain or a clog. Luckily, you can keep them under control by pouring some vinegar and baking soda down the drain about once a month. The mixture foams up, loosening the gunk before it has the chance to get too excessive. About a cup of baking soda and two cups of vinegar per drain is adequate, but there's no need to measure. Let the mixture sit for an hour or so before you rinse it away.
Only flush toilet paper.
Your baby wipes or feminine hygiene products might say they're flushable on the wrapper, but it's still best not to flush them. These products don't break down as quickly as toilet paper, so they can easily get caught in your pipes. And unlike toilet paper, which breaks down and loosens itself in time when it forms a clog, they will often stay "stuck" until they're manually removed. The best rule to follow when it comes to flushing is that only human waste and toilet paper are to go down the toilet.
Scrape your plates before rinsing them.
A few food scraps or a little sauce here and there might not seem like a big deal, but when food scraps are greasy, the grease can solidify on the walls of pipes. Other food scraps can then get caught on the grease, forming larger clogs. Make sure you scrape any food off your plates before you wash them in the sink, and you'll reduce your risk of clogs.
For more information or assistance, contact companies like Sunset Professional Plumbing.