5 Ways to Stop Flushing Your Money Down the Drain

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Giving your plumbing regular attention will prolong its life, improve the efficiency, prevent leaks and other small, avoidable problems to be bigger, and spare you from costly repairs. Regular repairs would mean frequent hiring of plumber to fix or tweak your plumbing system. This practically means that you are flushing your money down the drain.

If you are like most people who do not want to spend more money on plumbing than necessary, here is what you should do:

  • Do not use chemical based products

Although these chemicals are good cleaning agents and are easy to use than plumbing snakes, they often cause more harm than good. Some of these chemicals are strong enough to corrode a cast iron pipe. So, imagine what it could do to your standard PVC pipes.

When you use chemical products, they don’t completely remove the blockage so it is likely that it create another blockage in the future. You then continue to pour another batch of chemical-based cleaners down the drain and eventually, you will get a leak in your pipe. This will cause you an even bigger problem. Because then, you would need to hire a plumber to replace the pipe. Either trenchless pipe repair or the traditional method, it would still cost you a lot.

  • Future blockage prevention

Pipe blockage is a big nuisance. Back-ups, blockage and other problems shorten the lifespan of your pipes. So, all you can do is have a preventive measure. Watch what goes down your drain. Prepare designated bins for specific wastes to prevent wrong things going down the drain.

  • Reduce the pressure

High water pressure does a great deal in shortening the lifespan of the pipes. Water pressure can cause leaks in your pipes. Normal water pressure should be at around 40 to 85 psi. If your water pressure goes beyond that, invest on a water pressure reducer on your next trip to the hardware store. This insures that you have safe water pressure levels for your pipes and you are insured to have a lesser water bill. Talk about killing two birds with one stone.

  • Softening the water

When the water running inside the pipe is high in mineral content, it can cause pipe damage often. Calcium from the water can stick in the walls of the pipe and cause build-up. This can also be the cause of corrosion on pipe walls and fittings. Look for water softeners in your local hardware store on your next visit.

  • Clean sewer lines and septic tank

Maintenance can save you a lot of hassle and a few dollars. Have a plumber snake your pipelines once every few years to make sure that the roots that have penetrated the inside of the pipe are prevented from growing and rupturing the pipe. If up keep cannot be squeezed in your schedule, try phoning your local plumbing services and hire their services. Keep track on the state your septic tank is in. Mark dates on when you should change and clean specific fixtures for maximum efficiency on the part of the items.