We all hate to encounter troubles in our plumbing system especially when it can delay all our chores and routines and can cost us a lot of money. Plumbing issues may arise any time of the year and some of these troubles include damaged pipes, either water pipes or sewer pipes. Having damaged pipes at home may cause you a lot of trouble such as the delay of your kitchen and household chores and the mind-blowing increase of your water bills. Aside from that, this can totally wreck your water supply and sewer system if not attended and given remedy immediately. So to keep this situation from happening, here are five precautionary tips you can perform to avoid leaky, broken or deteriorated pipes:
Avoid the presence of bleach in the system
It is evident that bleach can effectively clean any of our mechanisms and fixtures. However, the use of bleach to clean your sinks and to wash your clothes should be avoided because they are strong enough to destroy your drains and sewer pipes. The abrasive composition of bleach and other chemical-based drain cleaners can corrode your pipes leading them to deteriorate immediately. Enzyme cleaners are better alternatives because they will not corrode your pipes. Some of the cleaners you can use in cleaning your drains are vinegar, baking soda, ice cubes, citrus fruits and hot water. They can clean your drains while simultaneously deodorising them.
Do not drain fatty substances or oil
When cleaning your kitchen sinks, you might pour fatty substances or wash them from your plates to avoid hassle and inconvenience. However, though they appear harmless because they are in liquid form they can be really harmful to your pipes especially when they solidify. They can create a build-up within the sewer line that can reduce the diameter of the pipe and can cause slow draining. What’s worse is they can completely block the sewer line as well. Even when you have a garbage disposal at home, you should not pour down grease and fat into your kitchen drain because they can cause your unit to stick and encounter dullness. Instead of draining them down, you can throw them into your garbage bins. However, they might invite nasty insects and sticky smells so it would be better to sell them to companies that accept oil and other substances that can be turned into biofuel.
Avoid draining down hard and solid particles
If you have to be careful not to drain fatty and greasy substances into your drains even when they are in liquid form, you certainly have to avoid draining hard and large objects into your drain such as seeds, bones and coffee grounds even with the presence of a garbage disposal unit. This is because most of the blockages are caused by hard objects that are accidentally drained down the sewer system. These hard objects can cause jamming into the garbage disposal as well. When these occurs, you would have to undergo complicated and costly repairs to restore the flow of your sewer system before you completely encounter further troubles such as sewer backup.
Do not forcefully thaw frozen pipes
One of the nasty spells of winter is the freezing of the pipes that are caused by extremely low temperature. And the freezing may cause your water pipes to burst due to the expansion of the water within the pipe. However, you should not forcefully thaw frozen pipes especially with the use of propane torches and flammable materials because they can damage your pipes and even cause it to explode. Instead of using those, it would be better to use a blow dryer or insulate your pipes to prevent them from freezing.
Regularly check the pipes
When pipe problems are already present in your system, the thing that could make them worse is the lack of maintenance and regular inspection. It might cause your system to be completely damaged especially due to the pressure of water. Checking your system regularly will help discover damages immediately and give them early remedies.