Of all of our modern-day conveniences, indoor plumbing might be the one that we take for granted the most. Although we use our sewer system and sinks multiple times in a day, they simply do not require a ton of attention. And because plumbing lasts for decades, it’s very rarely on the top of most people’s minds. When it is, it’s because there’s an issue. The nuisance of a clogged drain or a plunged up toilet all the way to a catastrophic sewer back-up. Most homeowners can avoid a real plumbing emergency with a bit of preventive care, so here are a handful of ways you can take care of your home’s drains.
Clean Every Drain Each Month
Pipes and sewers back up when water and waste can’t freely flow through, which can occur when gunk builds up on the insides of your pipes. So, it would help if you cleaned out your drains every month using an enzyme-based cleaner. If you prefer a homemade solution, send some vinegar and baking soda down the drain, and let the combination work its magic for around 15 minutes, then rinse with boiling water. If you have any trouble cleaning out your home’s drains and pipes, then call Mahon Plumbing to give you a hand!
Flush the Right Way
This means do not flush anything but human waste and toilet paper down there. No diapers, no “flushable” wipes, no feminine hygiene products, no paper towels, and no food. You’d be very surprised at how many people dump so many unnecessary items down their toilets, and they all cause their own set of problems. This is one easy way to take care of your home’s drains and pipes.
Don’t Pour Grease Down Your Kitchen Drain
All of your pipes eventually connect underneath your home at a central drain that carries everything to the sewer line. This means if you’re dumping grease down into your kitchen sink, it’s going to coat not just that individual pipe, but also every single pipe on its way to the main sewer line. That grease can transform into oil, grease, and other kinds of gunk that accumulates over the years and causes problems for certain homes and city systems.
Use Your Garbage Disposal Carefully
Grease is one of many things that you shouldn’t ever put down your kitchen sink. Rice, pasta, potatoes, celery, eggshells and coffee grinds are also big no-nos. Think of your garbage disposal as more of a “crumb dispenser,” and your home’s drains and pipes will be better off for it.
Call Mahon Plumbing Today
If you still have more questions regarding your plumbing, we here at Mahon Plumbing are here to help. We have been serving the wider Baltimore area since 1994, so we have 25 years of experience to back up our fantastic service! Call us at our Baltimore location at 410-766-8566 or our Pasadena location at 410-636-7944. Be sure to keep up with us on social media by following us on Facebook or Twitter.