We are entering a time of year when there is a lot more activity going on indoors. Colder weather keeps us inside but that is fine by us since it means more time to enjoy ourselves with friends and family. However, more gatherings in the house mean an increased level of stress on your plumbing. And that can cause some problems.
We know you have a lot on your plate already. That’s why we want to give you some helpful advice that can allow you to avoid some of the stress that unexpected plumbing issues can create. Read on to learn some tips that will help protect your plumbing system this holiday season.
Use a drain screen to avoid big issues
A drain screen is an easy-to-find and easy-to-use addition that is smart to make to your kitchen drain and even your shower drain. A drain screen helps to prevent trouble by catching a variety of larger pieces of debris, such as food scraps or hair. You can easily move the drain screen to dispose of that debris in the trash, rather than letting it go down the drain to become a clog.
Keep F.O.G. out of the drains
Not everything will be stopped by a drain screen. While fats, oils, and grease are all liquid when they go down the drain, they won’t stay that way when they cool. Allowing these substances to get into your drain pipes can lead to clogs, so the question is, how do you stop F.O.G from getting past the drain screen? We’d advise making sure that you pour F.O.G. into a container where that can be tossed rather than letting it flow down the drain. In some cases, you can even save things like bacon grease for later cooking projects!
Protect your toilets from tiny troublemakers
Maybe it is your own toddler who has just discovered they can play in the toilet, or maybe there is a young child coming to your house who wants to let their toy take a swim. We can’t blame kids for being curious but it still isn’t fun when they destroy a piece of your plumbing. Avoid the headache but child-proofing the toilet…and maybe even the bathroom door for good measure.
Keep chemicals out of your drains
We know that drain cleaning chemicals can seem like a quick fix for a slow or stopped drain. However, these chemicals rarely clear away all debris present, leaving just enough to create another clog in a short span of time. They can also harm your pipe in the long run, leading to leaks. Rather than shopping for drain-cleaning chemicals, it is better to get drain-cleaning services provided by experts to keep things flowing.
Know when to call for emergency plumbing work
Even the best precautionary methods may not be enough to prevent every problem. That’s why it pays to know when it is time to call for help. The sooner you get an emergency plumbing problem addressed, the better, especially since the issue will only worsen with time. Watch out for weakened water pressure, a lack of hot water, and other signs of a plumbing problem that would qualify for emergency plumbing service from our team.
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