Unlike a car, when something goes wrong with your plumbing system, check engine light won’t go on. The fact of the matter is that properly installed sewer lines and copper pipes in our home plumbing system will last for years. But if not maintained correctly, they can create some real headaches. Some simple steps taken for regular maintenance can go a long way. Most of the products we put down our drains are petroleum based such as hand soaps, shampoos, conditioners, and laundry detergents. These products can leave behind a slime that becomes a catch-all for hair, food and other small articles.
Vinegar is Inexpensive And Good For Drains
Pouring 2 to 3 cups of generic white vinegar down our drains every 2 to 3 months can help stop clots from forming. Culinary professionals also recommend this tip. Directly pour vinegar down your drain and let it sit for 10 minutes then rinse with hot water. Vinegar is inexpensive, good for drains, and has no adverse effects on our environment versus harsh chemicals. Vinegar, a no-brainer!
Water Leaks Don’t Give Any Notice
A water leak also gives no notice, but there are precautions you can take from turning a small leak into a large one. Run a check under your sinks once a month for signs of water stains on your pipes. Also, check for any signs of mold. Old hot and cold water shut-off valves tend to leak; check to see if they have calcium buildup. If they look worn and you have difficulty turning them on and off, then it’s time to replace them. Run an occasional check of your ceilings, especially downstairs above your bathrooms for brown stains or a bulging drywall.
Don’t Wait Until Your Water Heater Falls Apart
Most of us wait until our water heater shuts down entirely before replacing it. Run a check of your water heater once a month. Here’s how: Look in and around your water heater for leaks, rust, mold or mineral build up. If your water heater is more than ten years old, consider replacing it with a new water heater. You’ll find that you’ll not only save water but energy as well. Furthermore, rust in your water heater is terrible on your pipes, not to mention, bad for bathing.