3 Simple Ways to Keep Your Pipes in Good Condition
Nothing ruins a day like leaking or clogged pipes, but there are always solutions. Usually, it’s easier to prevent pipe problems than to try to fix them yourself. Although, professional plumbers are just a phone call away.
If you want to learn how to keep your pipes in good condition, keep on reading!
Watch What You Put Down the Drain
This sounds like common sense, but you’d be surprised at some of the things that end up clogging household pipes. From jewelry to bacon fat to plastic straws and more. Respecting drains is important and this means knowing what you should and shouldn’t put down the drain.
You should teach your kids about respecting drains, too.
Sure, it’s sometimes easier to put things down the drain, turn on the water and watch it disappear. Here’s the thing, throwing the wrong things down the drain may come back to haunt you.
Eggshells are a no-no and those tiny stickers on fruit also tend to cause clogs, because they do not dissolve.
Other things that shouldn’t be put down drains include grease and coffee grounds. When you become more mindful of what you’re putting down the drain, it’ll make a big difference.
Hire a Plumber to Perform Regular Maintenance
Sometimes, you do need to pay for assistance from plumbers who have skills, education, and experience. These pros know so much about household pipes and how to keep pipes and other plumbing system components in top condition.
When it comes to caring for your home’s pipes effectively, never skimp on regular maintenance by a licensed plumber. Arrange for pipe inspections every couple of years or more often, and never wait more than two years to get your pipes checked out.
Building a relationship with a local plumber is a good idea, as you’ll be able to turn to the same plumber for regular maintenance, repairs, and other plumbing assistance. For example, if you need help with clogged drains or garbage disposals.
Insulate Outdoor Pipes to Prevent Freezing
Do you live in a climate with freezing cold winters? If so, insulating your outdoor pipes is a smart preventative measure. Frozen pipes are a huge inconvenience, to say the least, as thawing frozen pipes isn’t an easy task.
Sometimes, cranking up the heat in a home will be enough to resolve the problem, but there are times when people need to cut holes in walls to get at frozen pipe sections and thaw them.
Pipes tend to freeze due to sudden temperature drops, subpar insulation, and low thermostat settings.
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Insulate exterior pipes yourself, by wrapping them in heat tape that helps to keep them warm and cozy, or outsource the task to someone who does it for a living.
How you treat your pipes is going to impact your experience as a homeowner. If you’re good to your pipes, you should be rewarded with years of superb pipe performance. If you don’t respect your pipes, big and expensive problems may pop up.
Do you check your pipes often?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela, and wife to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.