Your home's plumbing system is one of the most complex and important parts of your home. In addition to making it uncomfortable to stay in the house, a plumbing problem can also lead to major structural damage to your home. Sadly, some new homeowners may not realize that there are a couple of plumbing tips they can follow to help reduce the chances that they encounter some routine plumbing problems. Follow these two steps to help prevent and solve some basic plumbing problems.
1. Keep Your Faucets Clean
Your faucets are essential for allowing water to exit the pipes, but if your home has hard water, it is possible for mineral deposits to completely clog your faucets. Luckily, this does not mean you have to completely replace the faucet, and you may be able to repair the damage without needing professional help.
Using an old toothbrush, vigorously scrub the faucet. This will remove the majority of the accumulated deposits, but it may not remove all of them. To finish cleaning the faucet, mix vinegar and water in a bowl, and position the bowl under the fixture so the faucet is resting in the mixture for at least a couple of hours. The acids from the vinegar will break down the mineral deposits, and this will often be enough to completely correct any problems you were encountering with the faucet.
2. Avoid Using Drain Cleaners
As time progresses, your drains will eventually start to develop clogs. While this will often mean the drain will be completely unable to remove water, it can be more subtle. For example, a drain that is becoming clogged will likely drain very slowly for an extended period of time before it finally stops.
Many homeowners will rush to the store to buy drain cleaners when this happens, but this can present major problems for their plumbing systems. These cleaners will weaken the pipes that are at the heart of your plumbing system, and eventually, this can lead to a major rupture. Luckily, you can avoid this problem without having to endure slow drains.
By pouring boiling water down the drain, you can help loosen the clog that is preventing the plumbing from working. This will often be sufficient to keep the water flowing freely through your system. If it is not sufficient, you can attempt to pour baking soda down the drain and following it with a healthy dose of vinegar. The reaction between these two chemicals will create a fizzing action that will loosen clogs, but if this does not work, contact a professional to correct the problem.
Keeping your plumbing system working smoothly does not have to be a difficult or complex task. By following these two tips, you can help ensure that your home's plumbing does not experience these routine and disruptive problems. To learn more about plumbing, visit Stephens Plumbing And Heating Inc.