5 Tips to Prevent a Plumbing Disaster

Did you know that at least 10% of US homes have leaks? A bursting pipe isn’t the only plumbing disaster you have to avoid though.

Think it’s only a pipe dream? You can avoid them only if you follow the top five steps to success.

What are they? Keep reading to find out.

  1. Maintain Your Septic System

If you have a septic system, this should be your number one concern. Septic tanks are a major repair issue. This includes emergency plumbing services, a backhoe to replace damaged tanks, and more.

A yearly pumping will help to keep debris and solid buildup low. However, over time there will be blockages in your pipes to clear. High-pressure water jetting at least every five years will help prevent roots and other things from growing into your home causing even more issues.

Adding live bacteria cultures to your tank will help keep it functioning. It’s the same as taking probiotics for your gut health.

  1. Keep Your Hot Water System in Check

Water heaters are notorious for going bad. One way to prevent this is to drain it by at least a quarter yearly. This helps to reduce solids and sediment in the tank and from going through your piping.

Investing in on-demand hot water systems akes away the thought in the back of your mind that the water heater will one day break down. On-demand systems bring their own maintenance procedures though.

These systems generally need to be maintained once or twice a year by a professional.

  1. Avoid Chemical Treatments

Especially if you have a septic tank, chemical treatments are almost always a no-no. Not only is it harmful to humans and animals, but it will also kill your septic tank.

Chemicals are also corrosive. Using them on a blockage and often, or letting it sit for too long, will cause areas of corrosion inside your piping. This will eventually wear away your pipes, risking pipe bursts in winter, especially.

Plungers and drain snakes are almost always enough to tackle most clogs. If you have a stubborn clog that won’t go, it’s time to call in the cavalry. Hire a professional to come to fix it.

  1. Only Put TP and Waste Down the Toilet

Speaking of clogs and chemicals, you should only put toilet paper and human waste down the drain. These two are the only things that a sewage system is rated for taking care of.

Not only that, but so-called flushable wipes are not so flushable after all. They cause waste treatment utilities millions of dollars every year in city repairs, so you can imagine the havoc they rain on your pipes.

  1. Use Strainers on Your Drains

Hair and some food going down the drain is unavoidable. Anything more than a few strands or small particles builds up in sewage pipes and cause oily blockages.

To help with this problem, use mesh strainers on your drains. This will dramatically reduce the amount of hair and other debris from going down the drain. Yes, it’s a bit of a pain to throw all that out (and a bit yucky), but it’s better than backflowing drains.

Trust us.

Preventing Your Next Plumbing Disaster

To prevent your next plumbing disaster, follow these five rules to keeping your pipes and septic tank happy. Fortunately, this is one pipe dream you can really live.

If you thought this article had great tips, wait to see what we have in store for you next. Keep reading for the best home and health news you can find!

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