Undoubtedly, your home is the single, most important investment you will make in your lifetime. From room layout to floor choices to bedroom furniture, each decision you make contributes to its overall worth. And with all the time, effort, and money placed on such decisions, it is prudent to also take steps that ensure that the various systems in and around the home are protected.
Arguably, the most valued but highly disregarded aspect of any home is the plumbing system. Most of us do not give it much thought until something goes awry yet without a functional one in place, your home’s value stands to decrease significantly. Therefore, by taking these simple measures, you can help safeguard your plumbing system from stressful and expensive problems that may arise as follows:
1. Pay close attention to drain cleaning products’ chemical composition
Needless to say, there are some drain cleaning products that contain harsh chemicals. And while they may clear out pipes, they actually contribute to eroding on the inside and may result in long-term damage. Continued use leads to chemicals being deposited on pipes thereby increasing the likelihood of a plumbing disaster.
It is thus important to exercise caution when selecting drain cleaning products and even better if you can go for the environmentally friendly versions that are not only devoid of harsh chemicals, but troubleshoot clogs that may occur equally well. Alternatively, you could hire a professional to snake and remove the clogs whenever they occur.
2. Be on the lookout for what goes down the drain
It is easy to overlook what goes down the drains. However, it is vital to limit the items that we allow down drains e.g. hair down bathroom sinks should be avoided at all costs, oil and food remnants down kitchen sinks is a no-no, and in toilets, only sewage and toilet paper should be flushed.
3. Carry out regular maintenance on septic tanks/lines
For those with municipal sewers, it would be prudent to seek out a plumber after every few years to snake your sewage clean. This will ensure that any unwanted and problematic roots are removed from within your lines. Home owners with septic tanks should also have them pumped out once every 3 to 5 years to prevent backing up of sewage.
4. During the cold weather, take extra precautions
Prior to the onset of winter, it is advisable to insulate your pipes in order to protect them from breaking or freezing. If your pipes and faucets are above ground, consider keeping them warm by either using foam or insulating wraps. And on particularly cold days, leave water from the faucets inside the house dripping to guard against freezing of pipes.
5. Avoid situations that would lead to high stress
Summer time not only brings a lot of sunshine, but numerous outdoor parties as well. While there is nothing wrong with having gatherings for weddings, graduations, or barbecues, the stress that crowds have on your home septic system can be quite unpleasant. Excessive use often results in stress to pipes not to mention the increased likelihood of having unwanted objects down the drains. Therefore, if you want to forestall such problems, consider portable rental toilet services before your big event or party. It will give your plumbing system a much needed break as well as save you the trouble of cleaning up messy bathrooms afterwards.