Plumbing problems can be a homeowners worst nightmare. But, with routine maintenance checks, you can significantly decrease the likelihood of issues arising with your plumbing system. Read below for a list of daily maintenance tips from the experts at Home.com

How to Prevent Costly Plumbing Problems

When it comes to the plumbing in a home, there are several maintenance steps you should be taking daily, weekly, and seasonally to help prevent costly problems from arising. Here are some tips to help you ensure your home’s plumbing keeps running optimally.

Daily Plumbing Maintenance
Sometimes, it’s the little things that matter most, and when it comes to maintaining your home’s plumbing system, a little goes a long way. Drain clogs are probably the most common nuisance a homeowner is going face with their plumbing system. But, even a simple clog can cause problems down the road because every time a drain becomes clogged, it adds pressure to the pipe structure.

This is why taking daily steps to prevent drain clogs is so important. In the kitchen, this means not pouring grease, fats, or oils (including cooking oil and butter) down the drain. These products will eventually coagulate inside of the drains, and if the clog is in the drain outside of the home, then the repair can really get expensive.

Proper use of the garbage disposal is also important for preventing clogs. When using your garbage disposal, you should turn the water on before running the disposal and leave the water running for a good 15 seconds afterward to help rinse the debris through to the main line. You should also avoid putting certain foods in the disposal, including fibrous foods like banana peels and celery, as well as foods that are difficult to process, like potato peels and cucumber peels.

In the bathroom, you should reduce your use of bath oils and avoid using chemical clog removal products. You should also avoid flushing anything other than human waste and toilet paper down the toilet. Things like tampons, diapers, and other garbage items will quickly cause a clog if you try to flush them.

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