An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! This adage is true not only for your body, but also for your home's plumbing system. To keep your body healthy, you know you should eat right, get plenty of rest, and exercise regularly – but do you know how to keep your plumbing system healthy? Start with these five quick tips.
Clean your drains regularly.
No, you should not regularly use de-clogging solutions, as these can damage your pipes. What you should do, however, is pour very hot (nearly boiling) water down your drains every few weeks or so. This will help break down any residue that is starting to build up before it gets the chance to form a true clog.
Always plunge before resorting to chemical drain cleaner.
Using chemical drain cleaner to bust through the occasional clog is okay, but it should not be your go-to solution for a slow drain. Try a plunger first, and only resort to drain cleaner if it does not work. If one dose of drain cleaner won't solve the problem, you'll need to call a plumber. Continuing to dump bottle after bottle down there may just corrode your pipes, leading to leaks down the road.
Tighten your faucets.
A leaky faucet can cause a lot of damage to the cabinetry surrounding it, and it can cause your water bills to skyrocket, too. Every few months, grab a wrench or screwdriver (depending on the type of fastenings your faucets have) and just tighten all of the bolts and screws that hold them in place. This will prevent most leaks. If you notice any corrosion on the pipes while doing this, call a plumber to replace that section of pipe before an actual leak develops.
Know where your water shut-off valve is.
Should you ever have a big leak, knowing where to turn the water off will minimize the damage done between the time when you discover the leak and when the plumber arrives. Locate the main water shut-off valve and make sure it is easy to turn. Apply a little silicon-based lubricant if it is not. This way, if you have a plumbing emergency, you can address it more quickly.
Watch what you flush.
Even though that box of tampons might say "flushable," it's best to put them in the trash instead. Wet wipes should also not be flushed. Really, the only things that should be going down your toilet are human waste and toilet paper. Anything else is likely to contribute to a clog.
For more information or assistance, talk to a professional like Roto-Rooter Sewer & Drain Service.