Your home is your castle and your biggest asset. You want it to be a safe and comfortable place for your family. You want it to serve your family’s needs for the years to come. But for this to happen, you also have to do your part as a homeowner.
Keeping your plumbing in great shape is one of the most important aspects of maintaining your home. While we understand that not every plumbing problem is preventable, there are a lot of things you can do to extend the quality and life your plumbing system. Here are some of them.
Your disposal is not a trashcan
As much as possible, avoid throwing your leftovers in the disposal. You have your trash for that. But if you do use your disposal, be sure to feed the trash very gradually so as to avoid overloading. Don’t forget to run water and keep it running for a few seconds even after you have turned off the disposal.
Use baking soda and vinegar
Instead of using toxic drain openers, try using baking soda. Simply sprinkle ¼ cup of baking soda into your tub or sink drains. Then, follow it up with warm water in order to make sure that the powder gets into the drain. Next, pour in a cup of white vinegar. Let it sit for a few hours before flushing the drain with hot water. This will dissolve scum and bacteria buildup. Do this once a month to keep your drain clog-free.
Repair problems early
Little leaks can turn into big problems. That said, it is important to keep an eye out for plumbing troubles. Rocking toilets, damp cabinets and leaking faucets are usually the first signs of an impending plumbing problem. Don’t wait for it to worsen before addressing the problem.
Keep grease to a minimum
You should never pour cooking grease into the drain. The problem is, grease tends to harden once it cools; thus, causing your drain to clog.
The best thing you can do is to place it in an empty juice or milk carton, place it in the refrigerator and dispose it in the garbage once it solidifies.