Home Plumbing Maintenance And Repair Recommendations

Keeping your home's plumbing running well is a high priority, which will enable you to have running water and healthy waste elimination in your home. When clogs occur, be sure to arrange for professional remediation and repairs to keep your home's plumbing working well. The following explains some recommendations to keep your home's plumbing protected and avoid damage and plumbing break-downs.

Manage Your Plumbing Usage

The number one way to keep your home system protected is to be careful how you use it and what you use it to flush away. The more often you use your plumbing in the wrong manner, to eliminate the wrong types of materials, the more likely you will experience a blockage or line damage. Educate your family and household members about what to use the waste lines for and what to not put down them. 

Your toilet, for example, should only be used to dispose of human waste and toilet paper approved for your type of plumbing system. So, if your home is on septic, only use septic-friendly toilet paper in your household. Never flush any paper towels, feminine products, diapers, cotton swabs, or cigarette butts. These items are not meant to go through your home's plumbing lines and the city's sewer lines, as they can cause serious problems in your home and in the city sewer lines.

If your kitchen is equipped with a sink disposal, use the disposal minimally, and not at all if your home is on a septic system. If you are on city sewer, use your kitchen sink disposal to eliminate small food particles that are soft. Don't put vegetable peelings, eggshells, or grease down into the disposal because they will end up clogging the line. Grease dumped down into your kitchen sink will slowly coat the interior of your pipes, leading to debris collection and an eventual line clog. 

Maintain Your Waste Pipes

Despite your best efforts to keep your plumbing running well and cleaned out, you may encounter plumbing problems, clogs, and damage. Whether this is due to negligence from a previous resident or homeowner, or if your landscaping roots are damaging the plumbing lines, or if the plumbing line material is aging and in need of replacement, it is a good idea to call in a professional plumber for a repair.

Your home's plumbing drain lines can become clogged, broken, or collapsed, and a professional plumber can inspect the lines and clean them out, when possible. Look at services, such as interior visual line inspections, hydro jet cleaning, and full line replacement or relining of the pipe.