Not every plumbing problem can be prevented. However, there are some ways homeowners can reduce the risk of experiencing problems with their plumbing, and they are as follows:
Garbage disposal care:
When you have a garbage disposal, you want to ensure the pipes stay clear. To accomplish this task, run cold water down the drain for around fifteen seconds during use, and for another fifteen seconds after the contents go down. This will help keep your garbage disposal pipe clear and reduce the risk of a clog.
Caring for the toilet:
Avoid flushing certain items down the toilet such as sanitary products, cottons swabs or diapers. These products can get caught in the system and can end up causing a wide range of problems. Therefore, make sure everyone in your family understands that toilet paper is the only item that should ever be flushed down the toilet.
In your kitchen sink drain, avoid pouring cooking oil or fatty substances down the drain. It is also a good idea to use a strainer on your bathtub and kitchen drains to ensure food, hair and other organic matter does not go down the drain which can result in clogged pipes.
Tips for appliance care:
Another common plumbing issue involves the plumbing on appliances. Thankfully, you as a homeowner can easily increase the life of your pipes by making a few changes. For example, run your dishwasher and washing machine at night when nothing else is running to avoid a water pressure issue. This step will ease the burden on the pipes and extend their life. It is also a good idea to examine the pipe connections around your appliances ever so often. If you see a bulge, it could indicate a pipe is about to burst. It is wise to call a professional plumber as soon as possible if you notice this happening.
Another indication there could a problem with your pipes is a funny noise. Therefore, it is a good idea to periodically listen to your pipes and ensure the water is running through smoothly.
For all your plumbing issues, the professional plumbers at Stahl are ready and able to help you as a homeowner deal with any plumbing problems you may have.