Every home needs to have their pipes in good working order because we all require fresh clean water to drink, wash with, and so on. Furthermore, we all need the pipes to be able to carry away all waste water. People often misuse and abuse their pipes to some extent, and that will undoubtedly lead to problems, but that can all be avoided.

Tips to Prevent Plumbing Problems

1. Avoid flushing anything but toilet paper down the toilet. Even items that say “flushable” can clog up a tank. That also includes hair, which should go in the garbage can.

2. Avoid washing oils in the sink because they can harden and clog your pipes. Instead, empty oils from dishes, pots and pans into old jars or containers with lids and throw discard them in the garbage.

3. Use a special drain strainer in the shower to filter out hair and other items from clogging your pipes. This is a must for all households, regardless of the length of hair of the individuals using the shower. Between soap, body washes and other products used in daily hygiene, hairs can form balls in the pipes and develop into huge clogs, especially at joints where there are curves in the pipes.

4. You can also use preventative measures, such as pouring backing soda and vinegar down the drain, followed by very hot water. This will help to clear the walls of the drain pipes and discourage buildup of substances that would otherwise lead to a clog at some point. This tip can be used with chlorine, instead of soda and vinegar, but it is not environmentally friendly.

Fix Easy Plumbing Problems

1. Clear clogged drains with baking soda and vinegar, or with store-bought drain cleaners

2. Try to snake the pipes to see if that clears it

3. Turn the off the water of leaky toilets and pipes to conserve water when looking for the problem

4. Fix leaky pipes by sealing them with Teflon tape

Teach Yourself

1. With the popularity of online tutorials and videos, you can teach yourself how to fix several common plumbing problems. So, take the time to learn the best ways to prevent troubles from developing, as it will serve to save lots of money.

By following the easy instructions above, you can have healthy pipes for as long as you own your home. The important thing is to respect them for what they are meant to do. The only thing meant to go down the drain is water. In the kitchen sink, it is imperative to use a drain strainer to prevent any foods from making their way into the pipes. This is the likeliest place, aside from toilets, where clogs occur.