Tips For Protecting Your Plumbing System

Let’s face it, plumbing is not something we really want to think about. We rely on it daily and it usually works without incident. But, it is actually a rather complex system in your property and needs regular maintenance.  Some you can manage yourself, while other, more in-depth maintenance should be performed by a licensed professional plumber. Here are a few things you can do to help protect your plumbing and avoid costly repairs.

To maintain proper plumbing and drainage in your home, avoid allowing the following to find its way down your drain.

Hair: Placing a hair strainer over your drains will help to eliminate the amount that goes down the drain, getting caught up in the sludge of your drains and creating slow drainage, blockage and even backing up your drains. A strainer will allow you to remove hair and dispose of it in the trash instead of letting it go down the drain.

Soap Scum: Soap scum occurs when byproduct of soap mix with hard water. The mix of the soap with water that is high in magnesium and calcium eventually builds up in a drain, causing clogs.

Fats, Oil, and Grease (FOG): Allowing these substances down your drain is the #1 reason your kitchen sink will become clogged. “FOG” goes down as a liquid but once cooled, will harden into a thick substance that quickly collects additional particles that flow down the drain. To avoid the hassle and expense of a clogged drain, FOG should always be disposed of in your trash instead of down the drain.

Coffee Grounds: Similar to FOG, coffee grounds will quickly clog your drain and should be disposed of in your trash or can be a great addition to your garden, adding vital nitrogen to your plants.

NEVER use store-bought drain cleaners! These will often cause more damage than actually help your current issue. For properly functioning plumbing, contact your Baltimore, MD professional plumber today at (410) 265-8833.

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