Tips to Help Prevent Plumbing Problems
On February, 18, 2017
Your plumbing system keeps your home the clean, comfortable, and convenient place that you need it to be, so problems with that system can be very frustrating. When you need to having any plumbing problems repaired, you need prompt and professional service from a contractor that you can trust. At Lazer Electric and Plumbing, our Des Moines plumbers can provide you with great repairs no matter when you need them, and we’ll always do whatever it takes to keep your plumbing system in the best condition possible.
We can also offer a number of plumbing maintenance services to help you prevent major problems from occurring with your system. We’re available whenever you need us to repair and maintain your plumbing, and to help you keep your plumbing system in great condition, we’ve put together a few tips:
Never Pour Grease Down Your Sink
While it might seem like the easiest way to clean up after cooking, pouring any grease, frying oil, or other lipids down your sink will clog your drainpipes, and eventually, you’ll need to have a professional take care of the problem. The grease will cool and coagulate in your pipes, causing major clogs and leading to all kinds of problems with your plumbing.
Let the grease cool, then scrape it into a non-recyclable container and put it in the garbage.
Don’t Use Caustic Cleaners On Old Pipes
When your sink or tub starts to drain slowly, you’ll immediately want to grab a store-bought drain cleaner. However, the chemicals found in these cleaners can lead to corrosion and leaks in your pipes. When you have clogged drains in your Des Moines, your best course of action is contacting a professional plumber.
Don’t Treat Your Garbage Disposal Like a Trashcan
Unfortunately, many homeowners don’t know how to properly use their garbage disposals, and our plumbers deal with a lot of garbage disposal repairs that could easily be avoided. Despite their name, garbage disposals aren’t a second trash can, and they should not be used for large amounts of food waste. They also cannot process fibrous foods like celery or potato peels, both of which can quickly cause clogs.
Toss food scraps in a compost pile or the trash can, and when you do use your garbage disposal, rinse the ground food down with plenty of water.
Never Ignore Water Around the Base of Your Toilets
Even a tiny puddle or come constant moisture around the floor near your toilets can mean that there’s a failure of the wax ring seal. It might not seem like a huge problem, but over time, that tiny leak can cause major damage to the sub-flooring and lead to rot, mold, and expensive repairs. Call our professionals as soon as possible to have this leak repaired before it gets much worse.