Tips for Preventing Major Plumbing Issues

No one wants to come home to find that your plumbing has had a catastrophic issue and needs your immediate attention. Whether it is a broken pipe or even a sewage overflow, it can instantly feel overwhelming as a homeowner to try and evaluate the next steps. Plumbing issues can be very time consuming and expensive, and they often occur unexpectedly. At Master Rooter in Bayfield, CO we are very familiar with how stressful these events can be as well. Master Rooter strives to give you the best service and customer service for all of your plumbing needs in the Four Corners area. To avoid situations where our plumbing services are needed immediately, preventative maintenance is critical. We’ve assembled several actions and practices that you can adopt into your routine to keep your plumbing working efficiently!

Avoid This Common Drain Cleaning Technique

When you have a clogged drain or toilet in your home, your first instinct is normally to go to the store and buy a bottle of some sort of chemical drain cleaner. Although this might be a good short term fix and your most affordable solution, it will ultimately do more harm than good on your plumbing system as discussed here. Depending on what material your plumbing system is made of, these harsh chemical solutions might be eating away at your pipes and may cause further issues later on. These products also do not remove the entire blockage most of the time, which creates a consumer cycle of having to buy more and more of the bottled product in search of a resolution. In order to preserve the integrity of your plumbing system, experts suggest having a professional plumber come to snake out the drain when it is clogged. Master Rooter has sofisiticated equipment that can clean even the most stubborn and long drains. If you’re feeling confident, you can also purchase your own snaking machine and work on removing it yourself. These machines are fairly inexpensive and can be useful for any future issues as well.

Are you putting inappropriate debris down your plumbing drains?

One of the most common mistakes that we make with our plumbing is putting materials down the drains that our system doesn’t actually have the capability to break down. It is easy for us to have an “out of sight, out of mind” approach to flushing items down our drains because we simply cannot see the effects of them as they travel through the system. To avoid having to do a lot of drain cleaning it’s a good idea to put a basket or a screen whenever possible in your drain openings to catch larger pieces of debris and hair. Cleaning these screens after every use is a good practice to keep things flowing smoothly. Also, it is very important to avoid certain objects from entering your plumbing system, because once they are in there you cannot get them out until an issue arises. Plumbers will always suggest that you avoid the following list of items:

  • Grease
  • Egg shells
  • Coffee grounds
  • Cat litter
  • Flour
  • Produce stickers
  • Expandable foods
  • Paper products
  • Paint and cleaning products
  • Biodegradable or “flushable” products
  • Medications

If you are ever unsure if an item fits into these categories or not, then it is probably something that should go into the trash only. Avoiding these items in your plumbing system will greatly assist in preventing a problem.

Call Your Local Plumber to Condition Your Water

Have you ever noticed a stubborn white residue building on the nozzle of your faucet and tops of your drains? This pesky substance is a result of mineral buildup over time according to this article, and occurs most frequently in the Southwest and Northeast. Since we are in the Southwest region, we are burdened with this buildup that is a direct result of having what is called- hard water. Over the counter solutions are available but will only result in a temporary fix. The mineral buildup not only occurs on the outside of the faucets, but on the inside as well which is why this could cause a plumbing issue for your system. If left untreated for long enough, these buildups in your pipes can restrict water flow which results in a higher level of pressure in the pipes themselves, and it can also corrode joints and fittings. If you believe you have hard water, it is suggested to get your water conditioned to lower the level of minerals and prevent buildup. In order to achieve this, you will need a plumber to install a water softener, and Master Rooter is installs them! Although the cost of these procedures might be intimidating at first, installing a water softener could prevent a much more expensive fix later on.

Overall, being proactive with preventative maintenance with your plumbing system is an excellent practice for all homeowners to adopt. Although these actions may not prevent all possible plumbing issues, they will assist in maintaining a healthier plumbing system. Here at Master Rooter we are available for all of your plumbing needs in the Four Corners area when a problem arises, so do not hesitate to call if you suspect a problem!

 

Sources:

https://www.houselogic.com/organize-maintain/home-maintenance-tips/plumbing-system-maintenance/

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2017/02/11/never-put-these-10-items-down-the-drain.aspx

 

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