No one ever thinks about maintaining their plumbing system. We take care of our bodies by eating right and exercising. We tune up our cars and change the oil regularly. Most of it is preventative maintenance; for example, taking vitamins, exercise, oil changes, these are things we do as preventative maintenance. Have you ever noticed how many companies offer tune-ups? You can even get your garage door tuned up for about $60. So here is the big question, “How do you maintain your plumbing system?” Let me rephrase the question, “How do we maintain your plumbing system without costing an arm and a leg?”
Watch What You Put Down Your Drain
So much of what we do requires maintenance, but caring for your plumbing system requires more of a discipline, such as watching what you put down your drain. The bottom line is, clogged drains put a strain on our plumbing system and shortens the lifespan. Start by keeping things like food scraps from entering your kitchen drain. You can’t help but let hair gel, toothpaste, hair, hand lotion, soap, and phlegm stick to the walls of your bathroom sinks. But you can keep it from turning into slime causing your sink to clog. A simple mix of baking soda and vinegar mix poured down the drain can keep the slime from building. Install shower and tub screens on your drains, this will stop hair from accumulating in your shower drains.
Don’t Put This Down Your Garbage Disposal
You should never put the following down your garbage disposal:
Coffee Grounds, Pasta, Bones, Nuts, Oatmeal, Onion Skins, Egg Shells, Fibrous Vegetables, Potato Peels, Pits, Paint, and Corn Husks. Additionally, never put liquid grease down any drain. Keep in mind, grease is only a liquid when it’s hot. After it’s poured down your drain, it becomes hard, attaches to your sewer pipes and becomes a catch-all for food eventually clogging your drain.