Plumbing Prevention Tips
Indoor plumbing is a convenience many people have enjoyed. However, it can also be an inconvenience when you have to deal with a clog or leak. Most home owners have experienced one plumbing headache or another, and while a call to the plumber will take care of your problems, it’s best if you can just avoid them in the first place. Like most things, prevention is the best thing you can do to keep yourself from dealing with plumbing issues down the road. By taking simple steps, you can find issues before they become a serious problem, and avoid costly plumbing bills.
One of the most common problems people encounter with their toilets are clogs. Most clogs are caused when people put things that don’t belong in the toilet. Other than waste, only toilet paper should be put into the toilet. Toilet paper is built to break down when it hits water, which makes it easier on the pipes. Paper towels, napkins, feminine products, and other paper products are not made for toilets. Stick with toilet paper only and many of your clogging issues should be taken care of. In addition, make sure that you don’t use too much toilet paper at once. Too much toilet paper can cause clogs just like other paper products can.
Shower drains also get clogged quite frequently. You may notice while taking a shower that, instead of draining, all of the water is building around your feet, giving you a bath instead of a shower. To avoid this, clean your shower drains regularly. You can do this by using a store bought drain cleaner, but these aren’t always effective and can sometimes cause other problems. Because of this, it is a better idea to use a wire hanger to get rid of any excess hair or other debris that has gotten caught in your shower drain. Once you have done this, flush the drain with hot water. Doing this weekly should prevent most shower drains from clogging.
Over time, shower heads can become clogged and give you less water pressure. This can be resolved by taking the shower head down and soaking it in some vinegar. After thirty minutes or so, the build up should be gone and your shower head should be working as well as it was before. As you can see, it only takes a few preventative steps to keep your pipes and drains working smoothly. If you take good care of your plumbing, then you will likely avoid many unexpected plumbing issues in the future.
About the Author
Pacific Drain Services, a locally owned Portland Plumber company, and Robert King have joined forces to help the public protect their home from plumbing related damages. A few simple steps can save thousands in water damage!