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    8 Maintenance Tips for Your Home’s Plumbing

    July 1, 2018

    Your plumbing system is one of the most important parts of your home. You want to make sure that your plumbing is working well, so here are eight tips that you can use for keeping your plumbing running well.

    Immediately fix clogs and leaks

    Clogs and leaks can quickly make a simple repair an expensive one and can also cause water damage as well as a buildup of unhealthy mold and mildew.

    Use drain cleaners that are nontoxic

    A vinegar and baking soda solution can help with clearing the majority of minor clogs in your drain.

    Keep drains free of objects

    Install sink stoppers and drain screens that fit properly. These will help prevent food, hair and other kinds of things from getting into your drain and causing a clog.

    Learn what can be put down the disposal

    There are only certain things that you can put into your garbage disposal. It’s good to look at the manual to get the specifics, but generally, you shouldn’t put coffee grinds, rice, pasta, coffee grinds, and eggshells into the disposal.

    Have the right tools

    Make sure that your toolbox contains plumber’s wrenches and sturdy plungers.

    Know your shut-off valve locations

    It’s important that you know where the valves are for shutting off your water heater, toilet, sink and washing machines. You also should know the main shut-off valve for the home and any outdoor ones.

    Get ready for the season

    Prior to winter, inspect the insulation surrounding your pipes beneath your house, in your garage, and in your basement. Having pipes properly insulated will help keep them from becoming frozen and possibly bursting.

    Schedule regular checkups of your plumbing

    Talk with a plumber about scheduling regular maintenance for your water heater and HVAC system. You should also have your sewer lines snaked by way of the clean-out of your home every two years so that your pipes are kept free of buildup and clogs.

    These are the simple things that you can do to keep your plumbing running well. If you use these preventative maintenance tips for your plumbing system, you will have a better chance of avoiding costly repairs.

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