While homeowners in our area might be living semi-charmed lives themselves, their plumbing systems could be in much worse condition than they’re lead to believe. Since our plumbing is hidden behind walls and cabinets, it can be hard to tell when it’s in bad shape or when you’re leaking gallons of water a year!
Since we get to see a lot of plumbing in Chesapeake, VA, we know just how neglected some homes really are. It’s not anyone’s fault, plumbing is a complicated science and whether it’s due to chemical drain cleaners or amateur repairs, many homes have plumbing systems that are seriously mistreated.
So, we’ve got some sweet plumbing tips that could save you money, extend the lifespan of your plumbing, and keep you from needing the inevitable plumbing repairs that homeowners so desperately avoid.
Tip 1: Avoid Sending FOG Down the Drain
For the uninitiated, FOG stands for fats, oils, and grease. While this material might initially be a liquid, which would warrant it going down the drain, we’d like to stop you there. FOGs are a unique type of particle since they solidify when they cool down to room temperature, which means if you send them down your kitchen sink drain, they’ll solidify inside the drain, eventually leading to a clog.
It’s generally a good idea to scrape FOG off your pots, pans, and plates when they solidify and throw them into the trash. You’ll be happy you started doing this when you avoid a nasty drain clog down the line.
Tip 2: Avoid Chemical Drain Cleaners
We totally understand, there’s usually a whole aisle at the grocery store dedicated to getting customers to buy their drain cleaning products. These bottles are usually bright and shiny with a lot of formulas and details on the back that are designed to entice you into feeling like you’ve got a scientific solution to your drain clog. The problem is—these rarely work, if ever. In fact, sometimes they make the problem worse!
Chemical drain cleaners are incredibly volatile substances that can release harmful fumes that are dangerous and irritating to your skin, eyes, and throat. These fumes also linger in the room you used them for days on end, which can be absolutely debilitating. Chemical drain cleaners can also damage your pipes while often not being able to clear your clog effectively. Just give these cleaners a hard pass and call a professional when you need drain cleaning services.
Tip 3: Check Your Drain Speeds
We understand that it can be pretty boring to watch your sink drain, but bear with us for a second while we explain. A drain that clears out slowly could be a sign that a clog is in the process of forming, which can be a huge heads up that you’ll need professional drain cleaning services soon.
If you notice that several drains in your home are draining slowly, then you’ve likely got a more sinister plumbing problem within your sewer line. Don’t be afraid to call our team for a proper inspection today.
Don’t be a basket case, call our plumbers at the House Call Company. Contact us and see how we can make you smile!