Tips for Keeping Plumbing Systems in Good Order

A visit from a plumber can be costly and can be a hassle, particularly when it happens unexpectedly. You can’t always prevent plumbing problems but there are some things you can do to keep the systems in your home running well enough that it could minimize plumbing problems. Here are some tips from the team at

Flushing Tips
Many people overdo it with their flushing, particularly on a septic system. Being cautious about flushing kitchen items in the toilet and being cautious about keeping toddlers away from the toilet with small toys that can get stuck in your pipes will go a long way. Consider a toilet lid lock when you have toddlers in the house.

As for regular flushing, consider buying 1-ply toilet paper and / or reminding family members not to overdo it on the toilet paper. Keep in mind as well that the flushable wipes aren’t necessarily flushable on all systems. If you have a septic system, you shouldn’t use these or flushable kitty litter or it could mean problems with clogs, back-ups, and the need to pump your septic more often.

Not everything can or should go down the drain. Hot grease and food particles can quickly stop up a drain and cause problems. If members of your family have a bad habit of putting plates in the sink with food that gets stuck in the drain, for instance, consider using a drain colander to catch and easily remove food particles so they don’t get stuck in the drain.

Hot Water Heater
Some homes, particularly those with hard water and high calcium, can have problems with their hot water heater. Occasionally draining the system can help you remove sediment that could be hampering your heater’s ability to do its job.

Deal with Problems Early
Little problems can become bigger the longer you leave them on the bottom of your priority list. As soon as you suspect there’s a plumbing problem have it looked at. A professional plumber will have skills and equipment to diagnose a problem and help you quickly deal with it before it results in water damage, broken systems, or unnecessary energy and water usage.