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We know that this might sound repetitive but some people need to be reminded of this so, stop dumping food scraps and any other things down the drain. They can easily accumulate somewhere within the pipes and can cause a massive clogging issue especially if this practice has been going on for a long time now. The worst offender for this is grease. Many homeowners nonchalantly just dump the grease they used after cooking down the drain not knowing how this practice can be very dangerous for their pipes. The oily grease will stick to the interior of the pipes and can trap smaller debris thus making a bigger blockage. The grease can also harden making it that much more of a pain to unclog.
This tip can also be applied to your toilet. Stop flushing napkins, sanitary pads, and even toilet paper. Even those that say “Flushable” in their packaging. They can lead to some nasty blockages in your pipes which you would need professional services to get unclogged.
Plungers are Your New Best Friends
If you’re dealing with clogged pipes due to something that you might have dumped down the drain, the best way to help remove the clog without damaging your pipes is with the help of the good old plunger. With a little bit of elbow grease, you’d be able to get that annoying clog out of your pipes in no time and before any damage can happen to them.
Shut it Off
Every homeowner should know where their water shut-off valve is placed. Usually, this is installed and located in the basement. Knowing when you should shut the water off, especially when you have some severe clogs happening that greatly obstruct the flow of water, can save you from having your pipes getting severely damaged and can keep them from exploding on themselves. A proper homeowner should know the location of all the valves that are connected to their appliance, not just the central valve.
Don’t Use Toxic CleanersWhen you do get clogs in your pipes you might think to yourself “Oh, I’ll use some toxic cleaners so that they can dissolve whatever is causing my pipes to be clogged”. This is one of the few things that the plumbers near Bexley hear far too often and most of the time it’s when they’re called to help fix some broken pipes that have been damaged by those toxic cleaners. An alternative to using those types of cleaners for minor clogs is just to put some elbow grease and start plunging or pour boiling water into the pipe to soften or liquefy whatever is causing the blockage. For more heavy-duty clogs, have your professional plumber come in to use his Plumber’s Drain Snake to get those chunks out once and for all.
Too Much Pressure
You might think that having high pressure in your sinks and showers is a good thing but having too much high pressure, just like in humans, is not good for your pipes. High pressures can affect the lifespan of the pipes by submitting the pipe walls and pipe joints to too much stress thus making them more prone to damage. It can also lead to more leakages and those can significantly affect your water bills.
You can reduce the amount of pressure that your pipes are experiencing by making sure that the pressure release or relief valve is working properly. This valve’s main job is to make sure that the pressure, which happens and builds up when you use the hot water function of your shower for everyday use, is released so that the pipes don’t experience any build-up thus preventing them from malformed, expanding, or worse, exploding unexpectedly.
Replace the Water Heater
The water heater might be a modern marvel that might not seem much to the ordinary person but to a homeowner, it is something to both be thankful for and fear. It is one of the most prone to damage and needs repairs due to either sedimentary build-up or just the intense pressure that it undergoes every day when you turn on the shower. When you find that the water heater isn’t as performing as well as it should be or as well as before, consider getting a new one and replacing the older model. This doesn’t just save your pipes from possible negative effects that the old unit might have done, it can also help save you a lot of money for repairs if ever you left the old unit in at it caused a massive incident that affects your whole house and family.
What is Hard Water? Hard Water, according to the skilled plumbers in Belmore, is water or any liquid that has a high quantity of mineral content, with magnesium and calcium being more present. These minerals can affect the interior of the pipes by creating built-up and over time can cause an effect on the flow of the water and eventually a clog in your pipes. A very simple way to deal with Hard Water is to get a Water Softener to help dissolve those minerals into a manageable state before they reach your pipes. And by doing so you would get yourself some Soft Water which is better when you do dishes, laundry, and most importantly your skin.
Get Your Pipes Insulated
If you live in either a very hot or cold place, consider getting your pipes lined with the appropriate insulators. These insulators can help prevent damage to the pipes themselves caused by the extreme temperatures of the outside world. These insulators, if you live in a place where you experience some very chilly weather, can prevent the pipes from accumulating frost thus making them weaker and more prone to damage, and bursting caused by the extensive expansion of the pipes due to the extreme cold. And if you live in an area where you experience very hot and humid weather, then these insulators can help minimize condensation thus lowering the chance of rust formations in your pipes and also helping prevent your pipes from expanding and creating more problems down the line.
Bring in the Big Boys
Even with the information above, not every problem can be fixed by just yourself. When you think that you’ve had enough or the situation is out of your league and you’re in over your head trying to figure out what to do and what is the right way in doing something, then it’s time to call in the BIG BOYS, also known as your local professional plumbers.
With their expertise and experience, they can easily handle whatever you might be needing to fix or maintain in your home. With their arsenal of tools and equipment that are designed and made to handle any plumbing job, they will perform with more ease and proficiency than if you did it yourself. And while they work on cleaning your pipes, they can give you tidbits of advice on what to do and what not to do in order for you to maintain the cleanliness or obstruction free of the pipes that run through your home and provide you with that all-important water that we all need to live.
As stated in the beginning, the pipes in your home are like blood vessels in your body. Keeping them clean and obstruction-free should be high on your list as a homeowner and by following these tips, you can prevent bigger problems from happening. And if you feel that you might not have enough knowledge and know-how to do any of these tips, then contact your local professional plumber and ask them to come in and check out your pipes.