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Hey there, my name is Russell Tyson. I am going to use this site to educate my readers about services offered by plumbing professionals. When I first started my company, I was unaware of all the necessary plumbing procedures needed to keep the toilets from backing up. My clients often failed to notify me when a toilet started to fail, likely due to embarrassment or a lack of time. Luckily, I was clued into the value of hiring plumbers to perform regular maintenance and repairs on the toilets to keep them in fine shape. I hope to detail those services on this site to inspire others to embrace preventative plumbing procedures.

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4 Drainage Maintenance Tips To Keep Plumbing Clean, Clear, And Avoid Costly Repairs

by Charlie Clarke

Clogged drains are the most common problems with plumbing systems, and the pipes in your home need maintenance to keep them flowing. You will need to do simple things like avoid putting materials in plumbing drains that should not be there and maintenance to things like sump pumps in basements or foundation drainage systems that are connected to sewer lines. Here are some maintenance tips to keep your plumbing drains clean, clear and free of costly repairs:

1. Foreign Materials That Frequently Cause Clogged Drain Problems

It is easy to accidentally wash something down the drain that should not be there. Foreign materials like toys in a bathroom drain can cause serious plumbing problems, especially if they get far into lines. Also, paper and personal hygiene products that are not meant for sewer or septic systems can also cause plumbing problems. Try to avoid flushing foreign materials down the drains and contact a plumber for help if a toy gets stuck deep in a bathtub drain before it causes more serious problems.

2. Using DIY Drain Cleaning Solutions That Are Chemical-Free as Preventive Maintenance

DIY drain cleaning solutions are a good solution for preventive maintenance. The simplest drain cleaning DIY trick is to run boiling water down the drain, which is great in areas like kitchens where grease can cause buildup and slow draining problems. In other areas, you may want to try a mixture of household items that are natural, such as a mixture of baking soda and vinegar, but be careful not to create a messy volcano due to the chemical reaction of these two ingredients.

3. Plumbing Drain Mechanical Components That Need Routine Maintenance

Mechanical components of plumbing drainage systems may include things such as distribution pumps for septic systems, sump pump wells and sewage grinding pumps. All plumbing mechanical components need routine maintenance (usually annually) to ensure that they are working properly and do not cause problems with your household plumbing. Check these systems to ensure they are working properly and cleanup buildup that causes problems or have a plumbing contractor do the routine maintenance for you.

4. Dealing Foundation and Landscaping Drainage Systems That Connect to Sewer Lines

In urban and suburban areas, it is common for storm drainage systems to be connected to the sewer system. If they are connected at or near your home, you want to make sure to inspect and maintain them during regular plumbing maintenance routines. If you have an older home, these lines may not have a backflow prevention device on them, so you will want to talk to a plumbing contractor about installing them to protect against flooding.

These tips will help keep your plumbing drains clean and clear. If you do have a problem with slow drains or are in need of faucet repair, contact a plumbing contractor to help with drain cleaning before the problem gets worse and causes serious damage. 

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