When midnight of December 31st rolls around, after the hoopla has died down, you may be one of the millions of people who make and attempt to keep New Year’s Resolutions. They usually involve some personal growth or improvement issues, but why not think about trying to do something that will help prevent expensive or pesky problems in the future?
We’ve made a short list of a few common practices you can incorporate into your everyday life that will help protect your home’s plumbing.
- The most common complaint a plumber gets is clogged drains or toilets. Some simple things to remember will help prevent clogs. For your kitchen sink, a basket strainer will help catch large debris from going down the pipes. Got grease to dispose of? Not down the drain, thank you very much! After cooling, it should be thrown in the trash in a safe container. (Tip: you can refrigerate/freeze the grease for easy handling). In the bathroom: once again a basket strainer works wonders for catching hair, rings, earrings, etc.
Toilet clog: Mostly, we see too much wadded up paper clogging the pipes. That, along with the collection of Q-tips, washcloths, toys & medication containers are items
that just don’t move along the pipes well and do not dissipate quickly.
- Fix that annoying running toilet before it gets bigger. And we mean your water bill will get bigger. Leaking flappers and seals, even just a little, can “grow” your water bill several times over by letting it go. Think water conservation! (And it’s a very inexpensive fix!)
- Check the age of your water heater. Most water heaters’ best years are the first 10; they deteriorate rapidly after that. Have a plumber give your water heater a thorough check-up so you won’t wake up one morning to a cold shower (unless you want one!) Also, an inefficient water heater can use up as much as 25% of your monthly utility budget!
- The garbage disposal myth: Your garbage disposal really doesn’t like all garbage! If you need to get rid of a lot of starchy foods like rice, potatoes or pasta, it’s best they do not go down the drain. That starch is sticky & will begin to form a clog. Please – no bones about it! Really – no bones: splinters & shards. Enough said. Fibrous foods like celery, onion peels, corn husks, asparagus, etc., are stringy and wreak havoc on the spinning grinders. Toss ‘em in the trash or compost.
Simple things you can make of habit of doing (or not doing) in the new year will save you money in the long run!