Preventative maintenance goes a long way toward keeping your plumbing in top shape, reducing the possibility of extensive plumbing repair work with some basic upkeep. Here, Len the Plumber in Baltimore provides their top tips for general at-home maintenance to keep your plumbing system in excellent condition.
When in Doubt, Throw It Out
Essentially, the only things you should flush down a toilet are toilet paper and human waste. Paper towels, feminine hygiene products, and tissues clog pipes and damage sewer and septic systems. For kitchen sinks, grease is one of the biggest causes of clogged drains, so never pour cooking oil or excess fat in the sink. If you aren’t sure whether you can flush or put something down the drain, toss it in the trash or, if it’s a small food item, use your kitchen garbage disposal.
Maintain the Disposal
To avoid having to call a plumbing repair service, flush your garbage disposals with cold water regularly. Keep the water running after turning the disposal off to wash down extra bits. To clean your disposal and wash the blades, run cold water with some liquid dish soap, then toss in some ice cubes and small lemon slices.
Use a Shower Strain & Clean Your Shower
To prevent hair and soap buildup from clogging your bathtub or shower drain, use strains to catch hairs and dirt. To clean your shower head and prevent mildew buildup, use a bottle filled with vinegar to spray and wipe down each shower component.
If these ideas fail, call (410) 247-9970 to speak to the plumbing repair specialists at Len the Plumber. Also serving Washington D.C., and northern Virginia, they offer dependable service, 24/7 emergency calls with no extra fee, and financing for qualifying customers. Visit them online to make an appointment or learn more about their services.