On warm, sunny spring days, the last thing homeowners want is to be stuck inside, dealing with clogged drains or burst pipes. Try following these simple precautions to avoid potential plumbing hassles:
In your kitchen:
- Avoid pouring fats or cooking oils down the drain. These can solidify in your pipes and cause clogs. Instead, use paper towels to wipe grease from pots and pans.
- Don’t put stringy, fibrous waste (like pumpkin pulp or potato skins) in your garbage disposal. It can’t sufficiently grind these items, so they’ll end up clogging your drain.
- Run cold water for 30 seconds before and after using the disposal to flush waste down the main sewer line.
- Run your dishwasher at night or at less busy times during the day to conserve water temperature and pressure. You can follow this same tip for your washing machine, too.
In your bathrooms:
- Wait at least 10 minutes between showers so slow drains have time to do their job and your water heater has a chance to recover.
- Turn up your water heater to increase its capacity when you’re expecting a large number of guests for a graduation party or holiday barbecue. To avoid scalding, be sure not to exceed 125 degrees.
- Never flush cotton balls or swabs, hair, facial scrub pads or similar items down the toilet. These items don’t dissolve, so they frequently cause troublesome clogs.
In your yard:
- If you have an automatic irrigation system, be sure to check all of your sprinkler heads for any damage or blockage.
- Be sure that tree roots are not getting in the way of your plumbing. This can result in everything from foul odors to broken pipes.
- Check your storm drains — lawn clippings, leaves and other debris can cause clogs and contaminate ground water.
In addition to following these tips, be sure everyone in your home knows the location of the stop valve for your incoming water supply, just in case a plumbing emergency occurs. And of course, keep our phone number on speed dial — Blind & Sons is here to help, 24/7.
Sources: The Money Pit, Ezine Articles