You need to take good care of your home so that it can be the best place possible for you and your family. Keeping your plumbing in top shape is one of the most important things you can do. Drains need to be cleaned on a regular basis to keep them flowing properly and to keep bacteria from growing and causing contamination or illnesses. If an excess amount of soap scum builds up it can lead to blockages and that can cause costly repairs.
What can you do to keep drains clean?
This is an easy step to take. Check your drains regularly. Use strainers to keep hair and other debris from getting into the drain. Here are some more ways to keep your drains clean.
Check the pipes
Checking your pipes routinely will help keep them flowing properly and will keep your home’s plumbing system in great shape. Your pipes will lead from the home to a septic tank or to your city’s sewer connection. You will know something is wrong if they stop flowing properly. If you notice any puddles of water around your sinks this is a sign that the pipes may have leaks. These can be inexpensive to fix if they are addressed quickly.
If your drains begin to clog or become blocked you need to take action as quickly as you can. Remove the hair, food or soap scum that gets into the drains by using a wire hanger. You can also flush your drains regularly by using a blend of baking soda and distilled white vinegar.
Prevent serious clogs
You can prevent serious clogs from building by making sure everyone in the house is careful around the sinks and drains. Do not pour grease down any drain. Be careful not to let food or hair go down the drains. Use strainers over each drain to catch excess debris and prevent it from clogging your drains.
Serious clogs can cause floods. While your homeowner’s insurance might pay for some plumbing issues it will not cover floods caused by a lack of maintenance.
What are advantages to getting proper maintenance?
Your plumbing company can help you with preventative maintenance. Once a year, their drain cleaning service can come to your home and clean your drains to get rid of any potential clogs. They can also fix any leaks and make sure that your home’s plumbing trap is not blocked by tree roots.