Protect Your Home's Plumbing With Good Habits And Plumbing Maintenance

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To take good care of your plumbing system, you will want to develop some healthy plumbing habits. This includes paying attention to what you flush down your toilet, what goes down your garbage disposal and how often you check your system for potential leaks. When you pay attention to how your drains are draining and you note any odors that might be coming from your plumbing system, you have the ability to protect your existing plumbing and keep your home safe from leaks and sewer backups. Chemical drain cleaners often do more harm than good, so plumbing issues should be addressed by your plumber who can take care of the problem while protecting your pipes at the same time.

Pay Attention to What Goes Down Your Drains

Your toilet is not a trash can. Even feminine hygiene products and wipes labeled as "flushable" are not great for your plumbing system. Don't flush diapers down your toilet, or use it for anything other than human waste and toilet paper. As far as your sinks, don't put anything down your kitchen sink that can cause it to clog. This includes grease that can harden up or fibrous vegetables. If you aren't sure whether something is safe for your garbage disposal, err on the side of caution and throw it away instead.

Check for Leaks Consistently

You should check below your sinks once a week to look for leaks. Also, turn on your water faucets to see if water is coming out of the handle. When water is coming out of the handle, it is a leak that needs to be repaired. Your water can be seeping into your sink base and dripping down below when your faucet handle is leaking.

Don't Use Chemical Drain Cleaners

Chemical drain cleaners often can't reach the clog in question. If the clog is deeper in your system, you are going to harm your pipes by trying to use enough drain cleaner to deal with the clog. Plumbers have the tools necessary to deal with a clog in your system and remove it completely. If the clog is due to tree roots, chemical drain cleaners will do nothing to solve the problem.

Plumbing maintenance means paying attention to your drains, faucets and toilet to look for leaks and problems. Get small leaks repaired, and note when your system isn't working normally. Avoid putting things into your plumbing system that shouldn't be there, and call your plumber when you have an issue that needs to be addressed. 

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