Plumbing is something that most homeowners take for granted. We expect it to work and for the most part, it does. However, when a problem does arise, we’re stunned. Yet, should we really be surprised? After all, most don’t even bother with routine maintenance. Read on to learn about plumbing maintenance Las Vegas NV residents can use to help ensure their plumbing, doesn’t let them down.
If you pour grease down your kitchen drain, stop immediately. As the grease hardens it makes the space for water to go down the drain smaller. Eventually, you’ll notice that water is no longer able to flow down the drain as it should. Find a better way for disposing of grease.
Always use cold water along with the garbage disposal. While you may think that hot water would be the best option for helping to wash the food down, the opposite is true. Cold water allows grease to solidify, thereby enabling the garbage disposal to break it up.
From time to time make it a point to pour hot water down your drains. Make sure it’s very hot. If you do not have PVC pipes, you can boil the water first. You should aim to do this weekly. Alternately, you can pour vinegar down the drain and let it sit for 30 or 40 minutes.
Place screens in the bathroom tub and sink, so that hair does not clog your drains. In the kitchen, use screens to prevent food from clogging the sink drain. Not only can food, clog the drain, but it can make it smell bad, as well. If this happens, clean out as much as you can. Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain. Let it sit for several minutes, before pouring one cup of vinegar down the drain. Once the bubbling stop, rinse the drain by pouring hot water down the drain. It should smell fresh and clean once you’re finished. If you have a garbage disposal, use citrus rinds to freshen up the drain.
Only Toilet Paper Goes in the Toilet
Make sure that everyone in the family knows that nothing, except toilet paper goes in the toilet. Paper towels, baby wipes, Q-tips, and other items go in the trash bin. You would be surprised by the different things that plumbers find in a clogged toilet.
Look at your pipes and listen to them. When something changes, call a professional plumber. Keep in mind that plumbing issues don’t repair themselves. It’s better to call for help when a problem is first noticed, rather than waiting until something major takes place. Follow the above maintenance tips to keep the water flowing freely in your home. You’ll be less likely to have major issues, when you work to prevent the small issues. If a major problem does arise, a professional plumber can quickly assess and fix the issue.