It’s impossible to have a home without plumbing issues that arise from time to time. However, homeowners can take some basic measures to prevent potential costly plumbing repairs. The professionals with Handyman Connection of Edmonds have some easy tips to help keep your plumbing system running smoothly.
Your home’s drain lines
Over time, grease, grime, hair, soap scum and oils build up in your bathroom and kitchen drains, leading to sluggish draining and eventual clogging. Whenever you notice that it’s taking more time for the water in your tub, shower or sinks to drain out, it’s time to do something before the problem gets worse and you have a major build up on your hands. A bit of regular maintenance will keep your drains working efficiently.
To prevent your drains from clogging up, try this monthly routine. It’s easy, inexpensive and safe for all your drain lines. Simply pour four cups of boiling water down your drains. Then pour a half-cup of baking soda followed by one cup of white vinegar. After a few minutes, pour four more cups of boiling water. This routine is great for your basement drain lines and your toilets, too. For stubborn drains, use a toilet plunger to loosen up the debris and repeat the routine.
Whenever you are cooking with fats and oils, soak them with paper towels and discard. Grease can solidify and clog your drains. If you do pour grease down your kitchen drain, be sure to run very hot or boiling water immediately in your sink for about a minute or two.
Use strainers to keep hair and other things out of your drains. They’ll also safeguard small valuables such as rings or necklaces that could accidentally fall and disappear in your sink or tub drain.
Keep your kitchen garbage disposal clean by regularly running ice cubes or lemon peels through it. It’s best not to use your garbage disposal to grind things like bones, corn husks, banana peels, celery or chicken skin or other fibrous or tough matter, which can damage your disposal and possibly clog your drain.
Your home’s water lines
By correcting a small leak from a water supply line or shutoff valve, you could avoid a major plumbing problem. A slow leak will eventually deteriorate the surface and corrode plumbing lines, leading to costly and time-consuming home repairs. A simple routine can help you to avoid these scenarios.
Plan a day once a month to examine your main shutoff valve, supply line connections and valves, and areas below your sinks for small leaks or moisture. Address the leaks by gently tightening or replacing the water supply lines and valves.
Does your washing machine have those traditional black rubber water supply hoses? Consider replacing them with stainless steel braided hoses. Over time, the rubber hoses will finally burst and can flood your home in just minutes. We also suggest turning off your washer’s water supply lines anytime you leave your home for an extended period.
Your home’s water heater
Don’t forget to inspect your home’s hot water heater for leaks. If you have a traditional tank, it’s a good idea to annually drain it to remove sediment that tends to build up on the tank’s floor. An excessive buildup of sediment will hinder the tank’s efficiency and cause overheating, which creates undue wear and tear on the heating element, valves and other working parts.
For all your plumbing issues, give Handyman Connection of Edmonds a call or request an appointment with us for your free no-obligation consultation. We have the knowledge and experience to effectively handle all your home repair needs.