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Prevent Plumbing Emergencies from Haunting the House This Halloween

Scaring Up Some Preventative Measures 

Plumbing problems always happen at the most inconvenient times. Late at night, the toilet flushes regularly, and the sink drains with no problems. However, when Halloween rolls around and the costume party starts, suddenly nothing works as it should. When this happens, homeowners ask: “How did this happen?” 

There are many ways that homeowners can prevent plumbing problems from arising. Many of these measures are small things homeowners can do all year ‘round––not just when trick-or-treaters come knocking. Some preventative plumbing measures include: 

Keeping the Drains Free of Debris 

Keeping the drains clean of debris is more than scrubbing the area around the drain. It involves keeping certain items from getting down the drain. Anything from foodstuffs to grease can clog a drain. Only water and dish soap should go down the drain. Even if the sink has a garbage disposal, homeowners should use it sparingly; it shouldn’t be used as a replacement for a garbage can. 

When cleaning the drain, one should avoid using over-the-counter liquid drain cleaners, like Drano. These chemicals strain the plumbing system, and excessive use can lead to burst pipes, leaks, and other issues. Homeowners can keep their drains in working order by: 

  • Using a small strainer to prevent food from going down the drain 
  • Periodically rinsing the drain with a combination of vinegar and baking soda 
  • Using hot water when hand washing dishes 
  • Scheduling an annual maintenance check with a service professional 

Preventing Clogged Toilets 

toiletWhen it comes to preventing clogged toilets, it’s not a matter of what homeowners should do; it’s what homeowners should avoid. Residents should avoid flushing certain items down the toilet, even wipes that claim to be “flushable.” 

One should avoid flushing these items at all costs: 

  • Tampons, pads, and other menstruation products 
  • Condoms 
  • Baby wipes
  • Napkins 
  • Paper towels 
  • Plastic 
  • Q-tips 

A homeowner may think: “Well, I’ve been flushing X down the toilet for years, and I’ve never had a problem.” Serious sewer main clogs can fester for years before they present any symptoms. This makes it imperative for homeowners to be mindful of what they flush. 

Schedule Annual Visits with a Water Heater Specialist 

maintenanceAccording to the U.S. Department of Energy, water heaters can last about 15 years. However, that’s not guaranteed when homeowners first install their water heaters. Longevity requires years of consistent maintenance––and the best way is to partner with a water heater maintenance service. 

Each year, a professional can evaluate one’s water heater and: 

  • Check for worn valves 
  • Determine the source of any leaks 
  • Make sure the water heater has adequate power 
  • Share how homeowners can keep their water heaters working 
  • Flush the water tank (if necessary) 
  • Listen for sounds of sediment build-up 

A professional may suggest getting a new one if the water heater is more than 15 years old. For instance, tankless water heaters reduce energy while maximizing cost-effectiveness. Some companies, like EnergyStar, offer discounted rates on new appliances. 

About Craftsman Plumbing 

At Craftsman Plumbing, plumbing maintenance is a craft. Instead of risking a plumbing disaster this Halloween, one should consider scheduling a maintenance visit. These professionals offer drain cleaning services and more to those living in O’Fallon, Missouri. With more than 15 years of experience, homeowners can’t go wrong. They can make appointments either online or via telephone.