Besides having the best materials for your home or business’s plumbing system, system-maintenance should be given just as much attention to. If not more.
With the help of experts from Victoria Plum, here are easy tips and tricks you can try out for better plumbing.
1. Water Down The Drain
That’s all the drain is for. Water. Grease and oil? They’re a no-no. But this first step seems to be something many households tend to ignore. And according to surveys and inspections, among the main causes of clogging in homes is grease build-up.
That’s right. “Build-up”. Grease may go down the drain as smoothly as does water.
At least, initially. Only, grease is a thickened classification of oil. Its natural compounds will eventually coagulate and harden. When it does, it thickens and hardens within the piping system and will clog drainages.
Moreover, grease, along with oil (although oil is not thickened, the way the first is), act as trappers. Debris and dirt that pass through pipes get stuck in these liquid lubricants. That’s more drainage-clogging, times-two.
What you can do is wait for grease to solidify and throw it separately into the trash bin.
2. Grease Trappers And Strainers
Something as simple as a strainer will do a lot in ensuring the proper flow of water in and through drainage systems. They are your first line of defence in the context of drainage maintenance and plumbing.
You can also purchase quality yet economical grease trappers to install around sinks and at the openings of pipes.
3. Identify The Primary Water Valve
In the event that drainage becomes slower than normal, or moves to a full stop, this is where knowing where the location of the main water valve will come in handy.
Why? Because then you will be able to adjust water flow and speed to decrease its pressure. Decreasing water pressure can lower the risk of further blockage.
This is by no means a solution for drainage clogging. However, it will help keep water flowing to a minimum, until you call in the experts to check on the actual cause of the blockage.
4. Spotting Leaks In The Valve Seal
When it comes to the toilet flush’s valve seal, the early detection of leaks will save you a fortune compared to spending on repairs after the leaks have caused greater damage.
There’s a trick to spotting leaks early on— by adding a bit of food colouring to the water inside the toilet’s tank.
Don’t pour in the entire content of the bottle. Just a few drops will do. Enough for you to immediately distinguish trickles of it, in case leaks are beyond eye-detection.
Be sure to wait for a few hours before checking back to see if dyed dribbles have made their way into the toilet bowl itself. If they do, have those leaks sealed immediately.
5. No Other Objects Down The Drain
Earlier, we mentioned how grease and oil are NOT to be poured into drains. The same rule applies with virtually any other item that isn’t H20. And yes, this list includes toilet paper, too.
Many are inclined to think that because toilet paper is thin, it flushes easily and won’t be a source of drainage problems. The flushing mechanisms itself may let toilet paper through.
But if these sheets accumulate within the pipes, they become obstructions for proper water flow.
A tip? Throw these toiletries in the trash bin instead.