How many of us actually think about our pipes? It can be easy to forget that our pipes don’t just stay in good working condition by themselves. They need to be maintained in order to work properly, so, if you want to avoid costly repairs down the road, I have 5 simple steps you can take to prevent problems in the first place.
1. Prevent Grease Build Up
I don’t know how many times I’ve dumped grease down the drain without even giving it a second thought. What I didn’t realize is that grease solidifies in your pipes as it cools and can cause some major problems. Instead of dumping it down your sink, can it, cool it, and throw it away.
If you have some grease problems already, clean with Roto-Rooter Build-Up Remover.
Roto-Rooter Build-Up Remover prevents grease from building up with a natural enzyme that is designed to coat the pipe walls. It helps eliminate the build-up before a clot can form and prevent water build up. It is safe to use on septic systems and helps remove unpleasant odors with a fresh citrus scent. It is recommended to use monthly as part of your routine maintenance.
2. Use A Strainer Screen
Food all manages to find it’s way down kitchen drains and as before you know it, there’s a clogged drain. A simple and inexpensive way to prevent a clog is to use a strainer screen.
3. Use Water Softer
Did you know that having hard water can shorten your plumbing’s lifespan? Magnesium and calcium can build up inside your pipes and restrict flow. This buildup on shower heads and faucets can also build up pressure as well.
Take care of hard water by installing a water softener. Make sure your hire a plumber to do this to make sure it’s done right.
4. Reduce Pressure
High water pressure puts stress on your pipes and increase the chance of a leak. If it’s above the normal range of 40 and 85 psi, consider hiring a plumber to install a pressure reducer.
5. Keep Sewer Lines or Septic Tank Clear
If you have a septic system, get the tank pumped regularly. Tree roots can cause major damage to your tank! Getting it checked every few years can take care of any tree roots that may work their way into the pipes.
Checkout Rotor-Rooter for more pipe maintenance info.