Kitchen and bathroom plumbing are different, but also very much the same. When you run into a problem with your bathroom or kitchen plumbing, you can call an expert for help. But it’s even better if you take steps to prevent plumbing problems before they arise. With these six plumbing tips, you can maintain your plumbing to prevent leaks, clogs, overflowing drains, and many other issues.
When you do run into a problem and need plumbing service in Maple Grove, MN, our team can help. In fact, these are the top tips that we offer to our customers when we make house calls. While we love to offer assistance when we’re needed, we love even more to help you keep your plumbing in peak condition so you have problems less frequently.
Tips for Your Kitchen Plumbing
Invest in a Garbage Disposal
If you don’t already have a garbage disposal, get one! It’s a great investment for your kitchen. After all, it’s difficult to make sure every food particle gets scraped into the trash before rinsing dishes. Rinsing food down the drain without disposal can lead to clogs quickly.
Use Your Garbage Disposal with Care
Your kitchen sink is likely to face a lot of grime from food and cooking – especially if you have a garbage disposal. Many homeowners think that having a garbage disposal means you can throw almost anything down your drain. You still want to use discretion and protect your plumbing so it lasts without taking on unnecessary wear and tear.
Reduce Fats, Oil, and Grease
Whether you have a garbage disposal or not, avoid fats, oil, and grease as often as you can. For example, if you cook bacon in a pan you’re left with a layer of grease that solidifies after it sits for a while. You may be tempted to rinse the grease down the drain using soap and hot water. But it’s easy for that grease to resolidify in your pipes. Over time, this can lead to clogs and even additional plumbing corrosion. Instead, let the grease cool down and wipe it into the trash with paper towels.
Tips for Your Bathroom Plumbing
Wipe Out Your Sinks
Dust and dirt can collect in your bathroom sinks. When it rinses down the drain it builds up slowly over time in your plumbing. A certain amount of dust and dirt is inevitable, but wiping out your sinks a few times per week can cut down on the amount going down your drain.
Utilize mesh drain covers in your sink and bathtub to catch hair from brushing, washing, and shaving. It’s not just long strands of hair you have to worry about. Even short hair can lead to clogged bathroom pipes. A mesh drain cover can catch even short hair so you can wipe it away and throw it in a trash can. Mesh drain covers can also help other debris like pieces of tissue.
Shave Over a Trash Can
You may not want to take the extra step and shave your beard over a trash can, but it can make a huge difference in the life of your bathroom plumbing. Taking that extra step can mean fewer calls to a professional plumber when you have a clog or backup that you just can’t beat.
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