We love talking about tips and tricks on this blog, because they save you money and generally keep plumbing systems in good shape. The worst thing we can stumble upon is a plumbing system that’s been neglected and homeowners that don’t really care about them. They deserve at least a little bit of attention every year, especially with how often we use them!
Don’t worry, DIY plumbing maintenance doesn’t have to be a complicated topic. In fact, it can take a few minutes tops if you get good at it! We’re going to talk about some of the best things you can do for your plumbing system on a reoccurring basis.
As long as you leave the complicated stuff for expert plumbing service in Marwayne, AB, feel free to try any of the following DIY fixes for your plumbing system. Just make sure you call us if you need any help or guidance!
Our Plumbing Maintenance Checklist
It’s important that we start off the bat by mentioning that this plumbing maintenance differs from actual, professional plumbing maintenance. That should be done by a certified, licensed plumbing professional and our team can handle it. However, if you’ve already had plumbing maintenance, or you’re looking for some DIY tips that you can do on your own, then keep reading.
These are plumbing maintenance tips that any homeowner can participate in to improve their plumbing results.
Utilize a Mesh Screen
Mesh screens are a great way to catch food waste, hair, and other contaminants from entering your drain and clogging things up. It doesn’t matter if it’s a shower drain, or the drain in your kitchen sink, a mesh screen is always a good idea and we advise all homeowners to use them.
Just remember to clean them out when they start to fill up. You’ll notice a lot of materials that would otherwise have gone straight into your drain to start gunking everything up.
Put FOG in the Trash
FOG stands for fats, oils, and grease, and we talk about it on our blog a lot. FOG is a liquid when you’re cooking with it or using it in food, but it can quickly cool down and become a solid when it’s dumped down the drain. These materials can easily become a drain clog and you’ll need professional help with removing the clog if this happens.
Try using a paper towel to mop up excess FOG and dump it in the trash so it can be left out of your plumbing system.
Don’t Use Chemicals
Chemical drain cleaners might seem appealing, but they often do more harm than good. For starters, they will create hazardous fumes that can cause skin, nose, eye, and mouth irritation for days on end in your bathroom and kitchen. They’ll also struggle to clear the clog in your drain, while simultaneously eroding the materials of your plumbing system.
We urge homeowners to steer clear of these kinds of chemicals, particularly because of how poorly they work and the side effects that come from them.
Call Guardian Plumbing & Heating Ltd. Lloydminster’s Plumbing and Heating Authority.