1. Improve Small, Daily Habits
One very productive way to keep your pipes flowing is to work at bettering small habits. Pipe clogs accumulate over time, and are usually not the result of a single situation. Pipes clog because of a myriad of small decisions that are made. The more aware you are of specific habits, the better your pipes will operate. To start, here are a few things to stop putting down the drains. When you run a garbage disposal, be sure to run it fully, and never use it without an ample amount of water flow to rinse things out properly.
- Coffee grounds
- Fats, oils, or butter
- Expandable foods like rice, pasta, and oats
- Apple stickers, grocery ties, or plastic bread-loaf seals
- Extraordinarily fibrous vegetables, like celery, or beets
- Chemical cleaning products
- Prescription medications
2. Plant Trees and Large Plants Far Away from Pipe Lines
Tree roots are notorious for seeking out water and invading your plumbing or pipes. Have trees professionally transplanted if they are close to a line, and while landscaping, be sure to plant new trees far from your water lines.
3. Schedule Regular Drain Cleaning
Scheduling springtime drain cleaning helps when residue within your home’s pipes begin to solidify in colder winter temperatures. Winter can cause a lot of trouble for homeowners because low temperatures solidify grease, and slow your drains. Scheduling a springtime cleaning is a great way to start the year with healthy habits and prevent you from having to deal with repairs in the future.
4. Install Filters in Water Appliances
Call a technician to help fight clogs with the installation of filtration devices. Filtration devices for water appliances are a great way to prevent lint from your washing machine from clogging a hose, or hair and skin from gunking up your shower drain. Water filtration can also help with minerals that may be in your water and could accumulate as deposits in your pipes over time.
Clothes release small fibers when they are put in a hot wash. If your washing machine hasn’t overflowed, check behind it to see if there are water stains on the back wall. If there has been a previous issue with washing machine failure, it usually shows in the stains. Check to see if a filter is already installed, and if there isn’t one, calling a technician to help you install a filter could aid in your springtime prevention methods. Secure your home today, and give us a call to help keep your home free from any clogs.