Care and Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Plumbing Safe & Functional

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Your home’s plumbing system is a complicated system of pipes and valves, hot and cold water, sewer, etc., and you should not take its care and maintenance lightly. Neglecting your plumbing can lead to all sorts of problems, none of which are nice and easy to solve. The biggest plumbing problems typically cost thousands of dollars to repair.

To make sure your plumbing works properly all year, here are a couple of tips regarding its maintenance and care:

Don’t Try to Clear a Clogged Drain

A homeowner is likely to buy a drain-clearing chemical to solve the issue quickly. But chemicals are known for eroding drainpipes. They are not as effective as advertised, so when the clog recurs you are likely to use more of the erosive chemical, causing further damage to the pipework. To clear a pipe more quickly, safely, and effectively, Expert Plumbing, Heating, Air and Electrical recommends calling a 24-hour plumbing company from Eagle Mountain to snake the drain and remove the clog completely. Your plumber probably has one of those tiny cameras that can show where the problem is, for more effective cleaning.

Don’t Use Your Toilet and Drains for Garbage Disposal

Even if you have a disposal in your kitchen sink, avoid throwing excess food in it. Use the trash for that, before doing the dishes. And never dispose of grease or cooking oil in your drain. When it cools it will become a sticky solid where other debris can get trapped, causing a clog. Clean your bathroom regularly and remove the hair that’s trapped in the drain. Don’t throw it in the toilet; that is only for sewage and soft toilet paper. If anything solid falls into a drain or toilet, don’t try to flush it; call the plumber to get it out immediately.

It is also a good idea to call your plumber at least once a year to check on your plumbing system. Whatever you have to pay, it’s a lot cheaper than what you’d have to spend if a problem caused major damage.