1. Keep Your Kitchen Sink Clear By Reducing Trapped Grease
The kitchen sink can be one of the most common plumbing problem areas, but it doesn't have to be. The biggest problem is trapped grease, which can be avoided in a few ways:
- Put as little grease down the kitchen sink as possible.
- Wipe out greasy pans with a paper towel before you wash them in the sink.
- Use a degreaser regularly – this can help prevent build-up and help you avoid a clogged sink.
2. Keep Your Shower Free From Trapped Hair
The best plumbing preventative maintenance you can do in the shower is to install a drain catcher, which will prevent hair and other objects from getting sucked down your drain. The number one cause of slow-draining showers is trapped hair.
3. Flush Your Water Heater Annually
You can do this yourself if you are handy or hire a plumber. Flushing the sediment out of the bottom of your water heater will greatly increase it's efficiently and longevity.
4. Your Garbage Disposal Is Thirsty
The main plumbing preventive maintenance tip for your garbage disposal is to let the water run (and don't put anything down it that will jam it up.) You should run plenty of water before, during and after you use it. If it’s not running right, check under the unit for a reset button.
5. Regularly Check for Leaks
Your goal is to find small problems before they become huge ones. Regularly take a look around any exposed pipes, toilets, sinks and other appliances.
Following these tips will keep your plumbing system running smoother for longer. Contact us for information about our Preventative Maintenance Program, where a technician will perform an annual inspection of your system as well as a water heater flush for you.