Did you know most plumbing emergencies can be prevented? With these tips, you may be able to stop potential plumbing problems before they become household disasters.
1. Screen your drains.
A drain screen is a very inexpensive piece of mesh or plastic that goes over your drains, preventing hair and other items from falling down and clogging up your pipes.
2. Regularly empty your water heater.
Over time, sediment builds up in the tank. Emptying at least half of the water from your water heater a few times a year can prolong its life and prevent more costly repairs in the future.
3. Don't pour chemical drain cleaners in your garbage disposal.
These caustic cleaners are very hard on your pipes and on the mechanisms that run your disposal. Instead, try baking soda treatments every few months to keep things clean.
4. Update old pipes before they burst.
Pipes weaken over time and a sudden burst can dump gallons of water into your home. Become familiar with the age of your pipes and ask a professional plumber to assess their condition.
5. Don't flush anything down the toilet that isn't toilet paper.
Toilets are only designed to remove waste. When other items are put down the pipes, even a simple paper towel can cause massive blocks.
6. Watch for condensation around your pipes.
Moisture can cause corrosion and weaknesses in your pipes, leading to bursts and leaks in the future. Some sweating of the pipes is normal on a humid day, so check when it's cold.
7. Clean your faucet aerators for best water flow.
Mineral deposits slow sink and shower faucets, which can stress the pipes and shorten the lifespan of your plumbing fixtures. Soak the removed parts in vinegar to clear them of calcium and other mineral deposits.
If you experience any type of plumbing problem, please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Rooter Plumbing and Drain of Shreveport and Bossier City at (318) 230-7693 to help prevent serious damage to your home.