Disclosure: This is a collaborative post.
If you’re wanting to make your kitchen or even your bathroom look luxurious, then it’s all going to start with knowing how to take care of your plumbing. Plumbing is no joke, and one small mistake could come at a high cost, something that’s clearly far from ideal. So, every homeowner and renter has one thing they need to do; be aware of their plumbing. There are some obvious things, such as not flushing anything but toilet paper down the toilet or putting grease down the drain. But there are more things that people need to be aware of in order to have healthy pipes. So, here’s what you need to know in order to be cautious with your plumbing.
Never Forget About Your Drains
The last thing you want is drain services, right? Well, then, you always need to keep your drains in mind. Your home uses a series of pipes to bring clean water in and drain wastewater out. If a drain pipe gets clogged, it can cause backflow and sewage leaks. This is bad because it exposes you to harmful bacteria and toxins. Your kitchen and bathroom drains are important to keep clean. Make sure to keep food scraps and coffee grounds out of the sink, and install a strainer in your drains to catch hair and other items. In the bathroom, only flush toilet paper and human waste ( those “flushable” wipes aren’t actually so flushable).
Using a chemical drain cleaner can be dangerous to your pipes. The acids they contain eat away at the insides of your pipes, which leads to cracks and leaks over time. You can prevent this by regularly using natural drain cleaners and watching out for clogs. These are seriously major mistakes that so many homeowners make; there is misinformation out there, but in the end, be careful what goes down the drain!
Check Your Water Metre Regularly
Water leaks are often a hidden danger and can lead to soaring utility bills, soft wallboards, mold growth, and rotting wood. These are clearly far from ideal, as you can see. So, what you can do instead is to keep a close eye on your water metre, especially during freezing temperatures (when pipes tend to bust). This will help you quickly spot issues, and it’ll also help you save money too.
Watch Out During the Winter
While this is all going to depend on where you live, if you live in an area where it’s below-freezing in the winter months, then you definitely need to watch out. Pipes can freeze in cold temperatures, making your plumbing useless. But it doesn’t stop there; when the pipes unfreeze, they can sometimes bust. Meaning that the pipe is just completely broken and will start leaking. So during the winter months, you have to be cautious and let a little bit of water run to help prevent the pipes from freezing. But it’s also important to look more into insulation, as this is going to be the biggest factor of them all.