You Don't Need to Call the Pro
- Not every homeowner’s a fixer-upper, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do anything in keeping your plumbing in good shape if you have the right knowledge and tools under your belt. So, let’s get started and give you a little learning that will surely help you avoid most of the costly, major problems down the line.
Plumbing Maintenance You can do yourself
- What you do daily can affect your plumbing. So it just makes sense to do whatever you can to prevent problems from cropping up. Preventing clogs should be at the top of your daily maintenance list, which is one of the number one problems that every home encounters from time to time. Why bother about clogs in your drains anyway? Clogs are not only nuisances, they can start major problems like burst and leaking pipe when it remains unresolved. What makes it worse is that it sometimes just happens out of the blue, without caution or warning at all. They overwhelm your waste pipes and shorten their lifespan. So better yet, make a daily effort to prevent blockages from occurring in the first place. But how can you do so?
- Your bathroom and kitchen are two areas in your home that see a lot of use, and they are also the ones that are at higher risk of developing issues. To keep the water moving through the pipes from these two places and out of your home, keep in mind the tips below.
In the kitchen
- With all the food, scraps, oils, etc. that you toss down the kitchen drain, it wouldn’t take too long until issues start to crop up. This is especially true if you have a garbage disposal, where you’re more inclined to dump larger food scraps down the drain thinking they’ll be ripped up into pieces and will travel down the line breezily. Keep these simple preventative tips in mind to keep a happy drain.
- • Collect food leftover and toss them in the waste bin or in the compost pit.
- • Wipe the grease and debris off on your kitchenware with a paper towel. Dispose of the paper towel properly.
- • Collect your used cooking oil into a sealable container or jar for reuse, or recycling.
- • Tuck away a plunger in your kitchen for minor clogs.
- • Give your drain filter a good brush after every kitchenware wash and change them regularly. Toss food scraps that are caught into the waste bin.
- • Keep eggshells, dental floss, hair, coffee grounds, and similar items that do not break down, are stringy, and are dense away from your kitchen drains.
In the bathroom
- Your bathroom is another place in your home where clogs can easily become a problem. To make sure you don’t run into clog trouble and end up with ankle-deep wastewater, do these preventative tips below.
- • Don’t use fancy soap bombs that contain particles that are terrible for your bathroom drains like coffee grounds, confetti, glitters, etc.
- • Install drain guards that are effective at catching dirt, soap scums, and hair.
- • Clean your drain filter regularly, or as soon as you see a buildup of hair and debris.
- • Keep a flat plunger insight.
- • Brush your hair before showering. This will help prevent loose hair from clogging your shower drain.
In the toilet
- In addition to the kitchen and bathroom in your home, you can also take daily preventative maintenance in your toilet. A toilet is meant to last a long time, but even with slight carelessness, it can completely stop working all of a sudden. Proper flushing is the key to a working all-year-round toilet, which means to give your toilet a favor by being responsible for how you use it daily.
- • Don’t flush anything that doesn’t break down or dissolve in the toilet. It’s only meant to take wastewater and human waste.
- • Don’t overuse toilet paper, limitation is the key. Flush twice when you need to use it.
- • Have a plunger within arm’s reach in cases of minor clogs.
- • Educate your children about ‘the what’s not rules’ in the toilet.
- • Never use the toilet tank as extra counter space. Avoid placing a bar soap near the toilet or on top of the tank to avoid the soap from falling into the toilet and causing clogs.
- • Pay attention to the flushing pressure. Poor pressure won’t push debris and toilet paper through the trap, down the drain, and into the sewer.
- Checking on your pipes once a week is a great way for homeowners to prevent small problems from becoming huge, costly ones. Take for example a simple clog. Clogs can put an unwanted strain on the pipe and when not detected in time, this problem can escalate to leaking, until the pipe cannot stand the strain and eventually collapse.
- • Check your pipes. Look under sinks for signs of moisture, puddles of water, water spots, musty smell and mould growth.
- • Test all sinks and shower drain for signs of slow drainage.
- • Take a quick tour around your home and have a close look at exposed pipes and appliances for water leaks and signs of pipe deterioration.
- • Clean your washer lint traps.
- • Put a few drops of dishwashing soap in your sink followed by boiling water. This will help loosen up and clear away buildup caused by grease.
- Check the flushing pressure of your toilet. Poor pressure will leave residues behind and will cause constant clogs.
Other Plumbing Maintenance You Can Do on a Regular Basis
- Aside from daily and weekly maintenance, you can also perform the below plumbing maintenance on a regular basis to keep a healthy plumbing pipe.
- • Check for slow leaks around your home. You can do this by taking a water meter reading before and after a couple of hours of not using water. If reading changes, you have a leak.
- • Check all your pipes, especially the common sources of leaks in your home, and call a plumber if you need assistance.
- • Pour a gallon of water down your drain especially those you don’t use often. If there’s a drain that’s taking time to flush the water away, snake them.
- • Check your washing machine and dishwasher for signs of fractures. Replace any worn hoses to prevent future leaks.
- • Inspect your toilet bowl and tank for leaks. Add a few drops of food coloring to the toilet tank. If you notice the color appearing in the toilet bowl within 30 minutes, you have a leak.
What Else Can You Do?
Call the pipe relining Sydney company
- A lot of times, homeowners wait for something worse to happen before calling the professionals, which is not the right thing to do. Emergency repairs are more costly compared to proactive maintenance. This is why calling the companies that offer pipe relining services in Sydney as soon as problems arise, plays a big role. We have the capability to detect problems and prevent major repairs from happening. Calling us will give you confidence that your plumbing is fixed and will stay in good shape for a long time.
Have your pipes inspected with a drain camera
- When all else fails, it’s time for you to leave the work to the expert’s hands, like Revolution Pipe Relining. We can feed through a tiny but high-grade drain camera to check the condition of your pipes, even before signs of problems become so obvious. We offer a variety of Sydney relining solutions like pipeline relining, sewer pipe relining, drain pipe relining, cast iron pipe relining and trenchless sewer relining for you. All of these will surely make your plumbing pipes back to order.
- Plumbing maintenance should be something you should do regularly and proactively to catch small problems that can turn into major, expensive problems later. When you fail to do this, a lot of things can go wrong. Not only could faulty-working plumbing cause more expensive issues later, but they can also waste money in the meantime.