Preventing Plumbing Problems

As a homeowner, it is your duty to do your best to take proper care of your plumbing system. There are things you can do, or not do, that will increase the likeliness that you will have to call a plumber out to repair your plumbing. The information provided here will help you learn about some of the things that can be damaging to your system and ways you can avoid problems.

Protect your pipes from freezing

If the temperature in your region gets below freezing, then it can cause your pipes to freeze. If this happens then they can burst, and this means costly plumbing repairs and possible damage to your house and your belongings.

To prevent your pipes from freezing, you should have them insulated. Also, turn off your sprinkler system for the season and disconnect and store your garden hose. If you have sinks or tubs that have plumbing pipes close to the outside walls of the house, leave those taps running a little. You want to have a stream of water about the thickness of a pencil lead coming from the taps. Keeping your home warmer than it is outside will also help.

Prevent clogs and damage to your garbage disposal

Don't put anything down your garbage disposal that can cause clogs or other damage to the disposal. Grease and oil can harden along the pipes and lead to clogging. Fibrous foods, such as celery, lettuce and asparagus can cause tangles to happen in the disposal. Hard foods, such as fruit pits, can damage the blades of the disposal.

Prevent toilet clogs

There are only two types of things that you should be flushing down your toilet. These things include natural human waste and toilet paper. Anything else, including cotton balls, feminine products and even baby wipes, can cause your toilet to become clogged and they may even cause problems further down in your plumbing if the items travel through your system. 

Prevent damaged shower faucets

If you don't have enough shelving in your shower, then you may have a shower rack that hangs from the showerhead. Make sure the rack isn't putting too much weight on the showerhead or it can cause damage to it and to the attached pipes inside the wall.

Prevent your pipes from becoming week and brittle

Putting harsh chemicals down your drain can lead to your plumbing pipes getting brittle and breaking in the future. For this reason, it's best to clean your sinks, toilets and tubs with vinegar, baking soda and other natural products.

Following the tips here will help to keep your plumbing in better shape for longer.