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Six Tips for Preventative Maintenance of Drains and Sewer Lines

There is nothing like a leaky faucet, clogged toilet, broken pipe, or busted water heater to turn a good day sour and eat up extra cash you might have saved for a rainy day. The reality is that many of these problems can be prevented with regular maintenance and care and understanding of where and how these plumbing issues can occur.

The first step in preventing future problems is to get to know your water system and how it operates. Making a checklist is helpful; this includes noting down every apparatus that uses water in your home, from your bathroom sinks to your laundry room pipes, to your refrigerator’s water supply to your garbage disposal unit, washing machine, showers, and water heater. Knowing what you have and keeping a record of their upkeep helps to prevent problems from getting out of control. The second step is understanding that while there are plenty of things that you can do on your own to prevent plumbing problems from becoming a nuisance, one of the best things you can do is also to have a perfect and close relationship with a local professional plumber or local plumbing company.

Here are six essential preventative maintenance tips for drains and sewer lines to ensure that everything runs smoothly:

Clean out slow and clogged drains

If you’re experiencing water that is slow to empty in your drains, you may have a clog. Using a chemical-free, natural remedy of vinegar and hot water poured down your drain to flush it out can unplug debris. This technique can be completed every few months to keep your drains flowing optimally. You can also use the standard household drain cleaners as well. When you find that the problem continues, consider contacting your local plumber, who will have more professional tools to clean out your drains. If the drain clogs occur in a commercial establishment like a restaurant or office building, do not attempt to do the cleaning yourself. Call a professional plumbing company or local plumber. It will save you money and save you time.

Investigate bare pipes and appliances for water leaks.

Often a leak can be traced back to a broken or exposed pipe connected to your water heater, garbage disposal, or refrigerator. Following your manufacturer’s guidelines for maintaining your appliances can help to keep things in check. Learning to look for the signs of water leakage, such as stains on your walls or ceilings or water pooling around the floor, can prevent a big issue before it becomes one. Look out for mildew, which is a telltale sign of a water leak. A drip tray conveniently placed under your washing machine or water heater can reduce damage if you notice a leak, followed by calling one of our expert plumbing technicians to treat the root cause. To be proactive, you can schedule periodic leak detection services with a local plumber or plumbing company. We offer this service to our customers, which significantly contributes to finding leaks and preventing significant water damage.

Watch what you flush down the drain.

Toilets and drains offer opportunities to accidentally (or intentionally) flush things down them. The best way to keep your pipes running in excellent condition is to watch what goes down your drains. Train your household to know that only toilet paper and human waste should be flushed down a toilet, and only non-reactive liquids should go down a drain.

Check out sewer system lines.

If your home runs on a sewer system, you should know how your lines run and regularly look for tree roots that could sprout up and wreak havoc on your pipes. Snaking your sewer lines occasionally is an excellent way to prevent clogs and damage. When you suspect that there may be an issue with your sewer, you can request a sewer inspection, where we use video to get an apparent look at any problems in your sewer line.

Test your water pressure.

Checking your water pressure frequently helps you to regulate what comes out of shower heads and faucets. You can test your water pressure with a gauge to ensure it operates at secure levels. You can also add a pressure regulator to keep your water pressure at the preferred level.

Check under every sink in your home kitchens and bathrooms

Scrutinize your sink plumbing for fragility, leaks, and cracks, which can escalate into a full-blown problem. Hire an expert plumbing company or local plumber to repair or replace them.

At Service Pros Plumbers, we can help you with preventative maintenance on your drains and sewer lines. Regular preventative maintenance is a great way to allow your plumbing to last longer and prevent significant issues in the future. To learn more about our preventive maintenance services, contact Service Pros Plumbers today. We can help!

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