Caring for your home’s plumbing system can keep it running smoothly and delay costly repair and replacement measures. There are several things you can do as a form of preventative maintenance to save money, conserve water, and manage the health and safety of your home.
Here are three preventative plumbing maintenance tips:
- Watch what you flush: The only things that should be flushed down your toilet’s drain are human waste and toilet paper. Other items that may be overlooked — for example, baby wipes, hair, grease, or food — have the potential to combine into a solid mass and form a blockage.
- Repair leaks: Leaking shower heads, faucets, and appliances can lead to increased water bills and water damage to your home. Keep an eye out for leaks, water stains, and puddles in areas near large appliances that use water — this includes refrigerators, water heaters, and washing machines — to mitigate these plumbing issues.
- Monitor your garbage disposal: A common plumbing maintenance mistake that can lead to clogging is discarding unsuitable objects down the garbage disposal. Though this may not immediately cause obvious harm to your sink’s garbage disposal, over time, these items can create an obstruction in your pipes or cause parts of your disposal to fall into disrepair. Rice, pasta, coffee grounds, vegetable peels, eggshells, grease, fruit pits, and bones can damage your garbage disposal’s blades and clog your pipes.
Whether you’re in need of routine plumbing maintenance or an emergency fix, our team of experts at BL Plumbing Service can be relied on to deliver fast, effective results. Reach out today to have your plumbing concerns remedied!