Keeping your pipes problem-free is one of the most important household duties. By making sure that you always maintain the plumbing in your home at all times, giving them a little regular attention, you can save yourself from major plumbing issues (and a lot of money as well)!
Blocked drains are the most common home plumbing problem in Sydney. You can buy chemicals to clear them, but these products sometimes do more harm than good and can actually erode cast-iron drain pipes. Also, because they rarely remove the entire blockage, the problem is likely to recur, which may lead to major plumbing issues.
Here are some tips to care for the pipes in your house:
- Blockages aren’t just nuisances. Backed-up water puts added pressure on your waste pipes, stressing them and shortening their lifespan. So avoid plug-ups by watching what goes down your drains. That means keeping food scraps out of kitchen drains, hair out of bathroom drains, and anything but sewage and toilet paper out of toilets.
- Always use strainers on the drains in your home to keep particles from accumulating. When you notice large debris has accumulated in your strainer, remove them immediately. The longer you wait, the higher the chances of your pipes getting blocked.
- Keep grease and oil away! To ensure that your kitchen drains do not get blocked, keep oil, grease and fat out of the sink. You may think that they are easy to clean, but they can cause quite a lot of damage over time.
- Use baking soda and vinegar to clean your drains. With ingredients that you have right in your kitchen, you can clean your drains and keep them clear. This is one of the easiest ways to keep your pipes free of any particles. Take a cup of baking soda and vinegar and pour it down your drain. Do this once a month for a clog-free drain!
- Do not flush any wet wipes down a drain even when it says flushable on the box. Flushable wipes and wet wipes do not break down as they are flushed and as they soak up water and particulates can become heavier and harder for water to push down the pipe. They can get caught on joints and bends, further accumulating debris which will slowly block the pipe leading to the sewer backing up and overflowing. Depending on where the blockage is this can cause waste to back up and overflow from your overflow gully, toilet or sink.
- Repair leaky pipes ASAP. If you notice damp spots on your ceilings, walls or floors, take immediate action, as this is a sign of a serious plumbing problem. It is best to call a professional to repair or replace the pipes that are leaking in your home.
- Get drains, and pipes checked regularly. Experts recommend getting drains and pipes checked regularly to make sure that there are no minor problems that can easily and quickly turn into major ones. Professional plumbers will inspect every part of your plumbing system and make sure that your drains are damage-free.
- Keep Your Sewer Lines or Septic Tank Clear. Hire a plumber to perform drain cleaning on your main sewage line every few years. Certified plumbers can also remove tree roots that inevitably work their way into these pipes—leading to messy sewage backups.
Your plumbing bills can skyrocket when you ignore the little telltale signs that your drains need help. To make sure that you keep your pipes in great shape, you should have a proper maintenance routine. This will help in saving costs and preventing major pipe problems in your home. As we like to say, if your Plumbing’s urgent, call Sewer Surgeon!