Functional sinks, showers, tubs, and toilets are often taken for granted. Some homeowners even throw in anything that can fit in the drains. If you’re one of these people, you should know that lack of maintenance and improper use of your fixtures is likely to cause plumbing emergencies. Aside from the inconveniences from these emergencies, you may end up with costly repairs and replacements. Problems like leaks and bursting pipes can run up higher utility bills as well.
Thankfully, there are
ways to prevent such problems from happening. The first thing you should do is
realize that some substances aren’t meant to be disposed through the drains.
Grease and ground coffee
are among the top culprits behind clogged kitchen drains. Food bits are another
cause, in case your sink isn’t connected to a disposal system.
To prevent clogged
drains, dispose food bits and ground coffee before putting and washing used
dishes on the sink. You can actually collect the ground coffee on a separate
container so you can reuse them as garden mulch. As for the food bits, you can
dispose them along with other kitchen waste.
Disposing oils require a
bit more work. You’ll need to collect them first using an empty milk carton or
any other container. Once full, you can add them on your bag of kitchen waste.
However, this won’t totally prevent grease buildup inside your pipes. The
buildup may be caused by the oils in your kitchen and dining ware.
Getting Rid of Grease
and Mineral Buildup
Mineral buildup tends to
happen if you have hard water in your home. Hard water is known for having more
minerals than the usual tap water. It’s best resolved by hiring a professional
to install a water softener.
The accumulation of
grease and minerals inside your pipes is difficult to detect. Nevertheless,
pouring hot water down your drain helps slow down their buildup. But if your
pipes are made from PVC, avoid this trick because the heat may weaken your
pipes. Instead of hot water, you may clean the pipes using a cup of baking soda.
Most drains already have
built-in strainers. However, if you want to make them more efficient, you
should install mesh or plastic strainers on top of them. The additional
strainers help filter out items that aren’t supposed to be thrown into the
drains. They make drain cleanup easier as well. Don’t forget to clean these
Plungers and Plumber’s
Plungers and plumber’s
snakes are essential tools for plumbing maintenance. You should have at least three types
of plungers: one for your toilets, one for showers and tubs, and one for sinks.
To use a plunger in tubs
and sinks, you have to cover the overflow outlets first. Afterwards, open the
shower or faucet. Put the plunger on the drain and make quick plunges.
To use a plumber’s
snake, push it down the drain until you feel a resistance. Twist the snake
until it gets freed.
It’s unpleasant to deal with slow-draining sinks every time you wash. It may even come with gargling noises. Consider these as signs of potential problems in your pipes rather than just minor irritants. If unclogging your sink using plunger, plumber snake, or hot water is ineffective, it might be best to hire professional plumbing inspection and repair.
When Not to DIY
Mending a broken pipe on
your own may cause further damages. Instead of doing it on your own, let a pro
find out what the root of the problem is and fix it.
Proper maintenance requires some work. However, it can make your plumbing system last for a long time. To further prevent emergencies, you can call Spartan Plumbing for regular inspection and maintenance.
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