Keep always in mind: Regular inspections and regular maintenance will keep plumbing problems away.
Central to a home that is free from plumbing problems is the commitment to take care of your home the way you take of your body.
Usually, the approach to solve plumbing issues is to look for plumbing-related factors. But this is wrong because there are things you do daily that affect the plumbing system of your home. Learning the best practices of waste management is the key to a healthy home plumbing system.
Little did you know that special occasions like Thanksgiving and Black Friday celebrations can cause havoc to the plumbing system of your home when extra care is not considered. Think of the volume of food leftovers and fruits or vegetable refuse. How about the turkey or chicken meat you cook? All of these can cause a headache for you when these things end up in your drainage system.
Here are some of the things you must consider to keep you the plumbing problems away:
Do not throw anything into the sink that might compromise the drainage system.
We are living in a throw-away culture. Be mindful, however, what you throw in the garbage disposal. You cannot just throw everything in. Chicken bones and other meat leftovers, rotten fruits, and vegetable refuse must be thrown away like garbage.
Draining used cooking oil to your sink is a no-no. These might cause problems in the drain system as it accumulates in the pipe walls.
Simultaneously, keep the water running as you dispose of. And keep the water running for a few more seconds after the disposal to completely keep the passageway free of possible obstructions.
Do away with malfunctioning dishwasher. Problematic dishwashers usually do not dispose the wastes properly, and it might cause trouble with your plumbing later on.
This is somewhat thinking out of the box. Where the old school of solving the plumbing issues goes for head-on, fix-it approach, the strategic approach requires intentional home care to prevent the problem to arise later. You must include in the daily home routine the proper waste segregation and management. The 3Rs are a great tool to achieve this goal: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.
Written reminders to keep everything in place will serve as an educational tool on the basics of home care and management. It might help to have some stick-it in visible areas where everybody will notice. Sort and classify, clean and dispose of, and encourage everyone in the household to make it a way of life for your family can be beneficial and fun.
There are things, however, that need to be approached the old way. Then fix it. If necessary, call a plumber to help you solve your plumbing problems.