November 24, 2021

Plumbing: It’s better to prevent than unclog!

When a plumbing issue occurs—whether it’s a clogged sink, leaky pipe or blocked drain—it’s often very distressing. The solution is to stop trouble before it starts by properly maintaining your plumbing.

Good preventative plumbing maintenance involves:

  • Preventing waste from getting into pipes
  • Regularly cleaning drains
  • Regularly inspecting the condition of your pipes and other plumbing parts to determine if preventive repairs are needed, and then carrying them out

Let’s take a look at the concrete steps you need to take to carry out your maintenance plan.

No hair in the bottom of the sink!

To prevent pipes from getting clogged, it is essential to prevent waste from accumulating in pipes:

  • Install a strainer at the bottom of your sinks to prevent food from going into the drain when washing dishes, for example.
  • Prevent hair from going into pipes along with waste water.
  • Avoid pouring fats into the kitchen sink drain—fats tend to clog pipes once they cool.
  • Only place items in the toilet bowl that are intended for disposal in toilet bowls, as anything else can clog the toilet. Is it really worth it?

Any fats or solids can quickly clog a pipe. In this case, it’s better to be safe than sorry!

Regular thorough cleaning

The same techniques used to clear a blocked pipe can keep it free of blockages. Baking soda and vinegar work wonders!

Here are some simple tips for maintaining your pipes:

  • Run hot water in the kitchen sink to melt any grease that may have accumulated
  • Use cleaning products to rinse and unclog pipes before a problem occurs or becomes urgent
  • Regularly remove any hair that accumulates in the bathtub or shower drain opening
  • Pour a descaling product into pipes, especially the washing machine and shower drain lines, since residue from soap and other personal care products can leave limescale deposits and lead to blockages

If you need to call in a plumber, ask that the condition of the plumbing around the water heater and washing machine be checked.

Keep an eye on your pipes!

To avoid trouble and ensure that you take action in time, it is important to keep an eye out for certain unmistakable signs.

Make sure to take notice of any evidence of leaks, such as moisture on the floor, ceiling or walls. Even a small leak can do a great deal of damage over time: leaking water seeps everywhere!

If the water pressure drops suddenly anywhere in the house, quickly look for the cause: the drop in pressure can be caused by a leak or a more serious problem.

Regular maintenance and quick response time

To keep your plumbing in good condition, you must prevent clogging, clean your pipes regularly and keep an eye out for any issues.

If you have any doubts or if any issues come up, address them as soon as possible or call in a plumber. While plumbing issues may not be as obvious as, say, a fire, they must still be dealt with quickly to avoid further damage!

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See also:

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Preventing Water Damage With a Sump Pump

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