You don’t have to rely on professional plumbers if you want to do some plumbing maintenance around the house. A pro could cost a lot of money and take up a lot of your time. If you want to have a healthier plumbing system and prevent clogs, we’re here to help you. Our 6 useful plumbing maintenance tips were compiled from our team of professionals and they’ll help you in the long run.

#1: Mind What You Flush

Flushing the wrong material will quickly clog your pipes and cause backups. The only things that should get flushed down a toilet are human waste and toilet paper. Anything else is just going to cause issues in the future.

The pipes in your plumbing aren’t that big. They quickly fill up with material, clog, back up, and lead to a disaster. This issue can be easily avoided if you mind what you flush. To prevent clogs, anything other than waste or toilet paper should be thrown out in a trash can.

#2: Use Vinegar on Your Shower Heads

Mineral deposits can start to clog your shower heads. If you want to clear up this issue, you just need to use a little vinegar. Unscrew the shower head and put it in a vinegar bath for a full 24 hours. Take it out of the bath, rinse it, and reinstall your like-new shower head.

You’ll probably notice an immediate change after going through this process. You should have a better flow of water through the head and a more aesthetically pleasing shower head.

#3: Mesh Drain Covers Work Wonders

One of the leading causes of blockages and plumbing issues stems from allowing foreign materials into your drains. A common thing that gets wrongfully dumped down drains is hair.

A quick way to prevent plumbing problems is with a mesh drain cover. They’re really inexpensive and they work wonders. The hair gets tangled in the mesh instead of going down the drain. All you have to do is dump the drain cover every once in a while to avoid costly visits from a plumber.

This might be the easiest bit of plumbing maintenance that the everyday person can perform. Just make sure the drain cover is the correct size for your drain or else hair will still sneak its way through the cracks.

#4: Regularly Check for Leaks

If you want to prevent a big issue, you should routinely check for leaks. Plumbing leaks are often hard to detect, but it’s still worth checking for. If any exposed pipes are dripping water, then you should immediately reach out to us and we’ll help remedy the issue.

A lot of your plumbing is hidden behind walls, so it might be hard to get access to all of it. Do the best that you can and check for leaks on the pipes you have access to.

#5: Know How to Stop Overflowing Toilets

Sometimes you hit the toilet flusher and the water level starts creeping upwards without an end in sight. Quickly stopping this issue can save you cleanup time and the associated headache.

Our pros recommend a quick solution. Take the lid off of the tank of your toilet and look for the flush valve. When water won’t drain, it means that this valve is wide open and allowing water to pour into your bowl. Simply hold this valve closed to stop the water level from rising. It buys you enough time to address the clog without the time constraint of rising water levels.

#6: Don’t Use Harsh Chemicals to Clean

It might seem easy to grab a bottle of chemical drain cleaner and dump it down your sink to fix your problem. This actually wreaks havoc on your plumbing system and can lead to a lot of problems down the line.

In a lot of clogs, the culprit is a lodged clump of hair or something poured down the drain. If you want to avoid these harsh chemicals, you can use a simple drain snake or take apart your sink’s p-trap underneath. These alternatives are just as easy and save you a lot of money in the future.

Get Plumbing Help and More From AQM

Now you know how to maintain your plumbing system like a pro. Use our 6 plumbing maintenance tips to save your plumbing.

If you need help with heating, air conditioning, plumbing, or electrical components in your home, you can trust our pros at AQM. Reach out to us today and see how we can save you time, money, and headaches along the way.

AQM, Inc.