We talked to you earlier about how to get your plumbing in tip top shape for summer, but now we’re gonna focus on something that’s just as important: keeping it that way!
Clogged or blocked pipes can lead to a multitude of problems as well as just being generally inconvenient. RS Andrews’ plumbers are always more than happy to fix your plumbing issues, but wouldn’t it be better if you could avoid having to call us in the first place?
You’re in luck, as there are many steps you can take to prevent your drains from getting clogged and having to call in the professionals. Now that you’ve got your plumbing in prime condition for summer, here are a six ways to make sure it stays that way far into the future.
Use a Drain Screen: A drain screen is going to be your first line of defense against materials causing clogging. One of the biggest contributors to drain blockage is hair, particularly in the bathroom. Installing a drain screen in the easiest way to prevent drain clogs because it stops the hair from even entering the drain in the first place.
Clean Your Sink Stoppers: Pop-up sink stoppers, while serving a great purpose, can contribute to drain clogging. This happens when they accumulate buildup which then goes down the drain. If it sticks to your sink stopper, you bet it will stick to the inside of your pipes.
Don’t Pour Grease Down the Drain: We understand the temptation to pour liquified cooking grease down the drain; it’s a liquid after all, right? Well it may be liquid right now, but once it cools it will harden and become an incredibly difficult clog to deal with.
Leave the grease in the pan, wait for it to harden, then scrape it into the garbage.
Watch What You Flush: While it may be tempting to flush personal care items besides toilet paper down the toilet, don’t! Toilet paper is designed to disintegrate in water, other items are not. This means that they could end up clogging your drains for a very long time if they get stuck.
Turn Up the Heat: A good habit to start is once a week pouring boiling water down your drains. This will help clear out any build up from soap scum, grease, and other buildup that may be clogging your drain.
Keep Track of Your Chemicals: Commercial drain cleaners work great, when used properly. However, they are also very hard on your pipes, particularly those in older homes, so it’s important to use them sparingly and as directed by the packaging. Try a natural cleaner first, before pulling out the big guns. Mixing baking soda and vinegar is also a fairly popular method of drain cleaning because it foams the way some commercial cleaners do, just without the harsh chemicals.
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