10 Plumbing Dos and Don’ts for Less Plumbing Problems!

10 Plumbing Dos and Don’ts for Less Plumbing Problems!

If you’re like most people, you’re probably interested in some plumbing dos and don’ts that will extend the lifespan of your home’s plumbing.

A little maintenance can go a long way. By just doing a few simple things, you can make sure you have less problems with your home plumbing and don’t have to spend time and money fixing things.

In this article, we break down some of our favorite plumbing tips to help you save the headache and expenses. This list of plumbing Do’s and Don’ts might just save your sink!

Plumbing Dos

  • DO run cold water at full pressure when using your disposer. Using cold water keeps food particles solid.
  • DO open the drain on your water heater twice a year to remove sediment. The sediment could harden, which makes your heater run less efficiently. If sediment continues to accumulate it can permanently damage the water heater.
  • DO pour two to three gallons of boiling water down shower/tub drains once per month to prevent excess build-up of hair and grease.
  • DO grind ice in your disposer. This helps to keep the blades sharp.
  • DO periodically remove and clean all aerators.  Over time the aerator may clog with dirt and mineral deposits–especially with Cincinnati’s hard water. Soak your aerator in CLR or similar cleaning solution to prevent uneven spray, decreased flow, and funny-tasting water!

Plumbing Dont’s

  • DON’T pour fats or cooking oils into your sink. These waste materials can build up in your pipes, or in sewer pipes, causing blockages, backups, and sewer overflows (gross!)
  • DON’T pour hot water into your toilet. We see this bad advice on Pinterest all the time. Do not do it! Toilets weren’t designed for hot water and pouring it into the toilet can cause the bowl to crack. Warm water should be fine, however.
  • DON’T pour coffee grounds in your sink drains. Even when running water, coffee grounds may clump together and clog your pipes. The best place for coffee grounds is in the compost bin.
  • DON’T place cornhusks, onion skins, celery, or other high-fiber material into your disposer. These items can tangle and thread around the disposer and even burn out the motor.
  • DON’T keep wastebaskets under the sink. Bumping drain pipes may cause leaks.

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