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Best Plumber Tips: Keep Your Plumbing Running Smooth This Summer

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Best Plumber Tips: Keep Your Plumbing Running Smooth This Summer

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Don’t Let Plumbing Problems Spoil Your Summer!

Summertime is the perfect time to enjoy the outdoors and take a break from work, but it’s also the time of year when your home’s plumbing can be put to the test. From keeping your cool with air conditioning to avoiding water leaks and slow drains, read on for some of our Best Plumber Tips to help keep your plumbing running smoothly this summer.

TIP #1 Don’t Abuse Your Pipes

Just like any other system in your home, your plumbing needs regular maintenance to function properly. One way to avoid plumbing problems is to prevent them before they start by not abusing your pipes. For example, don’t pour grease or oil down the drain and be careful what you flush down the toilet. These substances can clog pipes and lead to costly repairs.

Remember, never put FOG down your drains! FOG stands for “fats, oils, and grease”. These things are commonly rinsed down the kitchen sink and are the number one cause of slow drains and pipe clogs. Keep this in mind when you are cleaning up from that poolside BBQ or family hangout!

As for toilets, the only thing that should be flushed is human waste and toilet paper. Do not flush feminine hygiene products, Q-tips, paper towels, or trash. There is even a lot of debate about the “flushability” of so-called “flushable wipes”. If you want to avoid a major back up, stick to toilet paper only.

TIP #2 Don’t Neglect Leaky Faucets

A dripping faucet may up to gallons of water per year, so imagine the impact of multiple leaks throughout your home! Not only is water wasted, but your water bill will be higher as well.

Additionally, a slow leaking faucet, fixture, or connection can cause significant water damage over time. It is really important to have your home plumbing inspected annually to help avoid, or even locate, these little leaks.

TIP #3 Your Drains Need Annual Cleaning

Clogged or slow drains are another plumbing problem that is common in the summertime. To keep your drains flowing freely, clean them regularly with a plunger or a drain snake. You can also pour a cup of baking soda followed by a cup of vinegar down the drain once a month to help prevent clogs, although this only helps clean a very small portion of your pipes.

If you really want to clear out your drains or properly maintain them, consider a hydrojet service. Hydrojetting your lines is the single best way to restore your pipes to “like-new” quality. High pressure water blasts away years of FOG build up, root intrusion, and gunk, allowing water to flow through the way it was meant to.

TIP #4 Check Your Outdoor Plumbing

If you have an irrigation system or a swimming pool, be sure to check your outdoor plumbing for leaks and cracks. These can lead to serious water damage if not repaired in a timely manner. Additionally, these leaks can end up costing you a lot of money. Not just in repairs, but in water waste.

Make sure you adjust your sprinklers for the appropriate water use in your area and look out for excess water run off or pooling. This can indicate a water leak or a broken sprinkler.

Call On a Professional-Call Always Affordable Plumbing

By following these tips, you can avoid plumbing problems and keep your home’s plumbing system running smoothly all summer long! If you do run into plumbing issues, be sure to call a licensed plumber for assistance. Trying to fix plumbing problems yourself can often make them worse, so it’s best to leave it to the professionals.

Always Affordable Plumbing is here for all your plumbing needs, providing honest and affordable plumbing service. Don’t forget, AAP also provides Sacramento and Solano County with the best in HVAC repair and service!!

Service, quality, and affordability for our customers always comes first. Call today to schedule your appointment!

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