Stop Scary Plumbing Emergencies
Halloween can be fun for kids who love being scared with stories of ghosts and ghouls. On the other hand, their parents are probably more easily scared of stories of expensive problems around the house. Some of the scarier stories that homeowners can share this time of year are any number of plumbing problems that can happen.
This year, instead of being afraid, take some action and prevent the problems before they start. Here are a few of the most common plumbing problems that can plague a house and some ways to keep them from getting out of hand.
Keep Drains Clear With Drain Cleaning
One of the scary stories that homeowners tell is about clogged drains. Clogged drains are a common problem regardless of the season, and they can lead to nasty messes that need professional solutions to remedy.
One of the best ways to keep drains from clogging is periodic drain cleaning. Drain cleaning can be done by homeowners or with more advanced techniques of professional drain cleaners. Some recommendations for homeowners to keep their drains clean are:
- Keep kitchen grease and food scraps out of the drain
- Flush sinks with hot water periodically to flush debris out of drain piping
- Use vinegar and baking soda to bubble out clogs
- Install hair traps to keep clogs from forming
Professional drain cleaning services always recommend avoiding chemical drain cleaners. These dangerous chemicals can damage piping leading to a need for massive repairs.
Stop Clogged Toilets Before They Start
Another common spooky story among homeowners is one of clogged toilets. Clogged toilets prevent flushing and can cause nasty backups onto the bathroom floor. Luckily, in many cases, one can avoid clogged toilets. A few ways to avoid toilet clogs are:
- Never flush too much toilet paper
- If too much toilet paper is being used, flush an extra time to prevent a clog
- Don’t flush wipes or hygiene products
- Provide a waste basket for unflushable materials
If clogged toilets are a problem, one should always keep plungers on hand. Minor clogs are no big deal as long as a homeowner knows how to plunge a stool. When clogs become too frequent, there may be more serious causes, and professionals should be called in immediately to investigate.
Remember Water Heater Maintenance
The water heater is one of the most prized appliances in a home. Nothing is better than unwinding after a long hard day with a hot shower. Conversely, nothing is more horrific than turning on the shower only to be met with icy cold water.
To prevent this horror story from becoming a reality, homeowners should remember water heater maintenance. Water heater maintenance is a professional service that ensures the water heater stays healthy and is ready to provide another year’s worth of service. During water heater maintenance, technicians will:
- Drain and flush the tank
- Check the burner or heating element
- Look for leaks
- Inspect anode rod
- Verify delivery of hot water
Homeowners will notice a drop in utility bills and longer-lasting water heaters if maintenance is done yearly.
About Apple Valley Plumbing Company
Apple Valley Plumbing Company is the local choice for custom plumbing solutions from experienced professionals. They provide award-winning services for drain cleaning and water heater maintenance. Call today to get lasting results from plumbing and appliances in Apple Valley, MN.