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Plumbing System Maintenance: Must Do

23 November 2017

Emergency plumbing situations at home are the things nightmares are made of.  Bocked or overflowing toilets are things no one ever wants to deal with.  There are a lot of cringeworthy plumbing situations that not only have a big ‘eeewwwww’ factor, but can also be super costly.  So while it’s boring, regular plumbing maintenance at home is a really good idea.

Here are some tips to help keep the plumbing situation at your home flowing well.

Prevent Clogs

Leftover food, cooking oil, fruit and vegetable peels, and other food waste should not be flushed down the kitchen sink. Proper disposal of tissues, sanitary napkins, wipes and other trash must be thrown in the rubbish bin and not in the toilet. Hair, soap scum and other oily beauty products used to moisturise your skin can cause blockages as well, so pour boiling  water onto the drain regularly to help dislodge build up and keep the water flowing.

Avoid Chemical Cleaning Products

Using chemical based cleaning products to unclog your drain can do more harm than good in the long run. While you may get an instant result, what you do not know is, some products will affect your pipes because of their chemical composition. If it can’t be avoided, be conscious of the chemical make up of cleaning products you use, and avoid using it on a regular basis. Try natural products instead, or get into the habit regularly flushing drains with boiling water and making sure you’re not intentionally clogging them.

Check for Leaks

Leaking taps are a sign of of something bigger. Not only do leaking taps waste water, they can be a sign of a larger problem.  Check your taps and pipes weekly to see if there’s drip anywhere, and if there are, fix it straight away.

Clean Gutters

Plumbing maintenance is not just an indoor thing.  Free your gutters from dried leaves, bird poo, and other debris so it won’t block the water from flowing down the drain. Cluttered dirty gutters can contribute to rust, which decreases the quality and lifespan of the gutter.

Routine checks and maintenance prevent serious plumbing problems. If you come across something that needs professional attention, call your plumber right away before you end up with a costly emergency job.

PlumbCall is one phone call away, 24/7.  Contact our 24 hour plumber, for all plumbing services.  For regular maintenance to blocked drains, blocked sewers, gas leaks, and more, as well as emergency situations, PlumbCall are here to help.

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