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How Homeowners Can Prevent Plumbing Disasters from Ruining Thanksgiving

Three Ways Homeowners Can Prevent Plumbing Problems  

A home’s plumbing isn’t a “fix it and forget it” deal. It needs constant maintenance. Otherwise, small problems can grow into disasters in a matter of hours. This holiday season, homeowners can improve their plumbing systems right now instead of crossing their fingers and hoping for the best. It takes a few minutes to check a few pipes, tighten a few bolts, and consider calling professionals. 

Residents Should Constantly Monitor Their Toilets for Any Changestoilet

Most clogs just need a plunger and a few minutes of patience. Others, however, extend far into the home’s plumbing system. For instance, constantly flushing paper towels, sanitary napkins, and dental floss are huge no-nos. Even if the toilet flushes, these items can build up and cause thousand-dollar problems. 

Some tips for avoiding clogs include: 

  • Practice proper flushing: The best way to avoid toilet clogs is to be mindful. This mainly includes using the right amount of toilet paper. Residents can generally flush anywhere from four to eight sheets of toilet paper without any problems. Anything beyond that risks a clog. 
  • Scrub once a week: Residue in the toilet bowl is more than gross - it can also build up and cause clogs. Homeowners should use a mix of baking soda and warm water to clean their toilet bowls. They should avoid corrosive clears, as these substances can “eat away” at the pipes. 
  • Get a trash can: It might be tempting to flush tissue paper and baby wipes down the toilet. Convenience is king. However, instead of risking a clog, homeowners should get small trash cans. That way, they have multiple ways to dispose of trash.

Periodically, homeowners should have clogged toilet repair service members inspect the system itself.

Residents Should Take These Steps to Prevent Sewer Line Problems 

Many homeowners know the word “sewer line” but aren’t sure what it is. This is the pipe that takes waste from the toilet into the neighborhood’s sewer system. The best way to avoid sewer line clogs is to - yep - avoid clogs. 

In addition to the items listed above, homeowners should avoid flushing: 

  • Foodstuffs 
  • Q-tips 
  • Toothpaste 
  • Diapers 

A good rule of thumb: if it’s not toilet paper, don’t flush it. On a good day, a clogged sewer line needs a snake. On a bad day, the whole front lawn needs to be dug up. 

Preventative Measures to Avoid Plumbing Clogs plumber

Some of the benefits of regular drain cleaning don’t just cut down on clogs; they also: 

  • Cut down on water bills: Clear pipes mean low water bills. Clogged or near-clogged pipes require the toilet to work harder and use more water. 
  • Extend the toilet’s lifespan: A well-maintained toilet, free of drains and overly excessive use, will last over 25 years. One that constantly needs repairs and sees a lot of wear-and-wear won’t last a decade. 
  • Preserve the home’s plumbing system: The toilet is just one part of the plumbing system. By regularly cleaning the drain and putting certain debris in the trash, one can maintain their overall system. After all, a clogged toilet doesn’t just stop it from flushing; the clog can migrate to other internal pipes. 

A company specializing in clogged drain repair can provide more insight into preventative measures. 

About Craftsman Plumbing Company 

Craftsman Plumbing Company specializes in kitchen plumbing, bathroom plumbing, toilet installation, sewer line repair, and drain cleaning services. There’s no limit to what these specialists can do for their customers in O'Fallon, MO.