We get it. Homeowners can be disappointed when they’re scouring the internet for some kind of plumbing DIY tips, only to be confronted with a blog post that tells them to call their local plumber. While we are your local plumber and we do think you should call us for help, that might not be what you’re looking for today.
We’re going to talk about the three best plumbing practices that you don’t need a plumber for. Since these are preventative plumbing practices, they’re not very good at cleaning your drain or fixing a problem that’s already underway. In fact, these practices can help your plumbing last longer and avoid problems that would normally be expensive to repair.
What are these preventative practices? Keep reading as we go into specifics about ways to keep your plumbing in good shape. Don’t forget to call us, your local plumber in Des Moines, IA, if you run into any problems with your home plumbing system!
Good Practices Begin Today!
What’s the hold up? If you’re in the mood to help your plumbing today, or if you’re in a particularly “handy” mood, then why not follow these few steps? We promise they’ll help slow or stop things like drain clogs. No offense, but the less you have to call us for plumbing service, the happier you’ll probably be!
Use Mesh Screens!
Mesh screens are a godsend when it comes to keeping your drain clear. They allow for adequate water flow through your sink drain without letting all the food waste we deal with enter your plumbing. Mesh screens also create great plumbing habits, like increasing the likelihood that you’ll dump out your food waste in the garbage where it belongs, rather than let it fall into your drain and clog it. Mesh screens even catch small things like thin noodles, pastas, beans, and other food scraps that could cause major problems for your kitchen drain.
Basically, mesh screens help keep things that don’t belong in your drain, out of it!
Avoid Chemical Drain Cleaners
Go through the cabinets under the sink. Yes, we mean right now! If there are any magical “drain cleaning” solutions that promise to remove clogs and back-ups in your plumbing, we kindly ask that you throw them out. Chemical drain cleaners are not only terrible at completely clearing clogs and drain issues, they’re also awful for the lining of your pipes. Many times they’ll miss clearing out the drain clog and instead start eating away at the lining of your pipes until it’s too late.
Also, did we mention that chemical drain cleaners release fumes that are dangerous? They can irritate the skin, eyes, nose, and mouth of anyone in the room and the fumes tend to stick around for days on end. Not only that, but the chemicals are hazardous for the environment as well! You’re better off throwing that stuff in the garbage, right now!
Keep Things Clean
It might sound like bad plumbing advice, but hear us out. When your sink is clean and clear, it becomes easier to tell what should go in the trash (like fats, oils, and grease) and what is safe to flush down the sink. With dirty sinks, it’s demonstrably harder to see what’s what, and you might end up flushing something down the drain that you shouldn’t.
Need more help with your plumbing? Call Schaal Plumbing, Heating and Cooling!