HOME PLUMBING TIPS
You should never hesitate to call a Maryland plumbing professional when you think you need to, but there several things you can do to save yourself some money and give yourself some peace of mind. Knowing that you may be able to prevent or even fix some issues that arise will keep those emergency calls to a minimum. Here are some handy tips to keep your plumbing system running smoothly.
Sinks and tubs can easily get clogged by hair, soap residue, and other things that can build up and block up your pipes. A handy tool is a wet/dry vac, as you can get it into the drain to suck out any pesky blockages found there. Use one if you shave regularly, or if you’ve just trimmed down a large amount of hair that’s made its way to the sink. Hair blockages can be particularly unpleasant to clean, so make sure to keep on top of any potential trouble.
Kitchen sinks get blocked up with all manner of substances and particles. Grease, bits of food, and fats can all cause problems and create a disgusting backup if you don’t keep up with it. For one, you can regularly pour boiling water down the drain to detach any grease or food particles that might be stuck to the pipes. You can also invest in some chemicals that will eat away at food waste and grease. Of course, the most important tip with your kitchen sink is probably to prevent these substances from entering your sink in the first place. Make sure to scrape off your dirty plates, and use a strainer to further prevent food from entering your pipes.
Garbage disposals are a wonderful tool for getting rid of your bio-degradable food stuffs, but it isn’t just a magic place where those organic materials go to die. They can be a real headache to clean and repair, so make sure you treat yours right. Run some water whenever you put something down the disposal, and run it a little longer than you think is needed. This will ensure that food is broken down into small enough particles, and that those particles are flushed down the drain away from causing problems. Even though they’re meant for food materials, there are some things that just shouldn’t be put down there. Things like potato skins, onion skins, and coffee grounds can turn into pasty substances that will capture food particles and plug up your pipes.
Shut Off Valves
Know where all of the shut off valves in your house are, including the main shut off for the whole house. If you have a problem, you’ll want to be able to quickly shut off the water to prevent the problem from getting bigger. The more water that backs up into your home, the more damage that can be done, not just to the plumbing system, but to the floor and walls as well.
Water heaters can last a long time, but when they break down and leak the result can be quite a mess and potential damage to your home and valuables. Inspect your heater regularly to see if there is any rusting or leaky spots. If you think you might have a leak, call your plumber immediately to diagnose the issue and make recommendations.
Calling a Baltimore plumber whenever you have an issue will never be a bad option. However, to save yourself some energy, money, and headaches, follow some of these tips.