From renters to homeowners, plumbing problems happen to us all. Especially when it comes to drains, you’re always going to need to make sure that they’re free of any clogs to use them at all. We don’t need to tell anyone out there what a drain clog is like, we’re sure you’ve experienced at least a few of them in your lifetimes!
However, we’re always surprised by how little is known about drain systems and our plumbing systems as a whole. That’s why we’re always happy to write blog posts with some enlightening information as to how these systems work and why, for instance, you shouldn’t flush anything that’s not water down them.
So, buckle up and take your notepads out! It’s time to talk about the dos and don’ts of plumbing in Lloydminster, SK. And if you need help that’s a bit beyond what you can do, feel free to call our team for expert service.
DON’T Flush Any Solids Down the Drain
If you don’t have a garbage disposal in your sink, then that’s really no problem. A lot of people don’t like them and think they don’t really fit the aesthetic of their home. Whatever works for you!
However, without a garbage disposal, it’s much more likely that materials will clog your drain up since they can’t be ground up or destroyed in the way that a garbage disposal would. We urge homeowners to avoid sending any solids down the drain, including those toys that your kids keep trying to flush!
DO Use Mesh Screens to Protect Your Drains
Mesh screens can be a great addition to your home plumbing system. They stop drains from getting clogged by halting any clogging materials so they can be thrown in the trash instead. They come in all different shapes and sizes, so make sure you find a mesh screen or drain protector that works for your home’s aesthetic!
DON’T Replace Pipes Yourself
It can be tempting to waltz into your basement or open the cabinet up below the sink and start unscrewing pipes when you’re frustrated. The truth is that this will usually do more harm than good. Your pipes require professional support when they need to be replaced or repaired.
DO Call for a Master Plumber
Thankfully, you can always call for a master plumber that is licensed and insured. The plumbers on our team are more than capable of providing your home with the pipe replacement or repair services you might need if your drain is on its last legs.
DON’T Flush Chemicals Down the Drain
Chemicals might sound nifty and helpful in relieving drain clogs, but they just don’t work as much as they’re advertised. Check out some of our other blog posts to learn why drain cleaning chemicals are a bad idea to use!
DO Use Plungers and Drain Snakes
Plungers and drain snakes are great tools for any homeowner to use in trying to relieve drain clogs. They’re constructed in a way that they won’t hurt your plumbing materials and they don’t use any harmful chemicals, so you can try to use them to alleviate a clog. However, if a clog is bad enough, you’ll still need professional plumbing help!
For help with your plumbing, call Guardian Plumbing & Heating Ltd. Lloydminster’s Plumbing and Heating Authority!