Protecting the plumbing pipes in your Sarasota, Florida, home is essential to help stave off disaster. While it is best to leave the repairs and maintenance to the pros, there are some steps you can take, and habits you can develop to help in preserving your pipes throughout the year.
Be Cautious of What You Flush
Don’t let the power of the toilet flush fool you. Your toilet drain was not meant to handle everything. Items such as cleaning wipes, soap, facial tissue, paper towels, and other things homeowners commonly flush can lead to major clogs in their pipes. Make sure to dispose of garbage in the garbage can and stick to only toilet paper for the toilet. Make sure that it is used in moderation, as too much toilet paper can cause clogs, too. This type of tissue paper will break down with water, and easily pass through your pipes.
Stick With Liquid Soaps
Opt for body washes instead of old-fashioned bar soaps. Bar soap leaves more residue on pipes over time, creating buildup and causing it to clog faster. Not only will residue from the soap build up on the walls of your pipes but it can also come off in chunks and clog the drain. When pieces of soap get in the drain, they combine with other obstructions to make them thicker and create a more damaging clog.
Regularly Flush Your Drain
Regularly flushing of your drain can help remove the build-up along the edges of the pipes. You can flush your drains by pouring a coffee pot of hot water down the drains in your house once a month, or every other month, except for your toilet. This will help force some of the buildups off of the sides of your pipes and allow it to drain easier.
Don’t let clogged drains ruin your day. Follow the tips above to help keep your pipes in good shape and contact us at 941-306-3715 if you have plumbing concerns. One of our Aqua Plumbing & Air Specialists will be happy to assist you.
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