Plumbing Drain Tips
Be careful what you put down your kitchen disposal after your cookout.
Most are not equipped to handle cornhusks, celery, banana peels and
other fibrous or “stringy” foods. Some other items to stay away from are
fats or cooking oils because they form clots in the pipes. Run cold water
at full pressure for 15 seconds before and after you put anything down the disposal to flush it through. Never put instant stuffing, potato mixes or any
similar “just-add-water” foods down the drain they can create a clog when you add water.
Outdoor fun piles more dirty clothes. Check on your washing machine
hoses for bulges, leaks or cracks and be sure to remove any drier lint regularly. Also, move your machine at least four inches from the wall
to prevent hose kinking and damage, and never leave your home while
the washer is running. Remember--washing machine hoses should be replaced approximately every three years.
In humid weather, your ductwork may sweat and create condensate.
This can cause backups if the drains are not clear. Leaks in the seams
can also cause condensation. If you have an attic installation, be sure
there is no water in the drain pan. If there is water you will have ceiling problems soon.
Saving money and energy when going on any of your vacation trips.
You should always turn down the temperature of your water heater
when gone for long periods of time.
Sewer line backups are common this time of year due to summer time rainwater enters sewer pipes via cracks. New tree root growth from the spring can also cause sewer backup issues as roots are drawn toward
the sewer line as a source of nutrition. Have a drain technician inspect
your sewer line pipes to see if your susceptible to a sewer line backup problem the technician will be able to help you determine the best kind treatment option for proper drain cleaning.
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