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Try These Essential Steps For Plumbing Issue Prevention

All types of plumbing problems can occur if you don't practice preventative maintenance in your home. Do you know the necessary steps that you should be taking in order to ensure you aren't racking up thousands of dollars in plumbing bills? Well, it's time to learn, so try out these essential steps for plumbing issue prevention.

Tip: Pass on seemingly convenient cleaning products like bleach tablets and blue toilet tabs. These things may help improve smells, but they can damage the rubber components of a toiler, which can cause it to function improperly or even worse, completely break down.

Do not clog your pipes! Watch what you're putting down the drains! You may think you can get away with it, but when the sink starts backing up or the bathroom tub starts to clog, you're going to realize. A little prevention maintenance here will help as well. Sometimes you can't help the buildup in drains, such as soap scum and hair from "regular" washing. Therefore, it's important that from time to time, you perform maintenance on your own drains. This doesn't mean you have to get a snake and do the plumbing yourself. Instead, it just means you can use a bottle of Drano or something to help keep the clutter down!

Tip: If your garbage disposal stops working, never try to fix it by reaching down with your hands. Even if it is are switched off, a garbage disposal can be very dangerous.

When it comes to winter time, you must protect your pipes at all costs. This includes a lot of preventative maintenance that you should be doing. For instance, you want to insulate any pipes outdoors that are partially exposed. This includes any outdoor faucets, and it also includes any pipes in your garage if the garage isn't kept at a certain temperature. Also, keep your garage door closed during the winter. A few hours of forgetfulness here can cost you a ton of money.

Tip: Don't put fat, grease and other oils into the drain. They can clog your drains once they cool down.

You should annually have your home checked for plumbing leaks? Why? First of all, this doesn't cost you too much money, and it's going to save you money. They will likely find little repairs to make during some of these checks. Of course this is only yearly, but it keeps your pipes in shape, saves you money on your water bill, and prevents pipes from having to be replaced too often.

Tip: Pour baking soda and vinegar down your bathtub drain every month. This will cause the vigorous bubbling you may remember from the "volcano" in a grade school science project, so be sure to close the drain with a stopper.

What type of water runs through your pipes? Many people do not have regular city water, and they have to consider the fact that the hard water going through their pipes aides in the deterioration of their pipes. Therefore, it is essential that water softener salt is used to help soften the water and make the water take it easy on your pipes.

Tip: If you operate the disposal on your sink, run plenty of cool water. Cold water helps the blades stay sharp and keeps the disposal running smoothly.

Another thing about wintertime is water heater maintenance. You must make sure you are keeping up with how you're water heater is doing, especially going into winter. Say your water heater stops working in the wintertime. Then the pipes have a huge chance of freezing if not handled immediately. This puts you at risk, and it also makes for an uncomfortable situation.

In order to avoid those costly plumbing issues, it's important that you practice proper plumbing maintenance. Keep in mind the ideas that have been presented here so that you can take care of those pipes. You will find out that it's much easier than you thought, and it will save you much money.

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