When our family first moved into our home five years ago, the central heating and air unit were brand new. We never considered that there would be a time when it would not be operating as we wanted it to. When the time to buy a new unit came, we found that the available options were more diverse than we thought. It was all too confusing. After researching the different options, I decided to create this blog. My hope is that others who are faced with this decision can find easy-to-understand information that can aid in quickly making an informed decision.
Keeping your plumbing running smoothly should be a top priority since clogs and broken pipes can lead to tons of water damage and headaches. Being able to fix these problems when they happen is important, but it is equally important to be able to prevent plumbing nightmares from even happening in the first place. To help you out with that, here are some tips on how to prevent clogs from forming in your drains:
Avoid Running Grease Through Your Pipes
Grease can cause massive problems for pipes, since it can easily coagulate and trap other particles. In turn, this can create nasty blockages that need to be broken down with chemical solutions. This also applies to most fats and other materials that are less dense than water.
If possible, you should dispose of your grease in an alternative way, such as gathering it up in a disposable container and throwing it away in the trashcan from time to time. If this seems a tad too wasteful to you, then you can try to use a reusable container, although you want to make sure that you dump every bit of grease that you can into the trash. The less that is left on the container when you clean it, the lower the likelihood of your drain becoming hopelessly clogged.
Use Screens and Filters
You also want to make sure that there is some sort of protective cover over your drain. The basic idea is that you want to block any large particles from getting into the drain, since those can easily meld together and get compacted into a large and problematic clog.
Although the cover may seem a bit disgusting from time to time, just remember that all of that gunk and goop would be a couple inches down the drain and waiting to strike if you didn't have that cover in place. This way, you can easily remove all of that material as frequently as you want, instead of simply hoping that you don't get hit with a massive clog when you least expect it.
Use Hot Water To Flush Your Drain
Every time that you clean something off in the sink and let something other than water go down the drain, you want to make sure that you follow it up with a bit of hot water. Hot water can remove the coat of oils that can develop, which makes your pipes healthier and reduces the immediate chances of a clog forming.
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18 May 2016