How to Keep Your Plumbing System in Tip Top Shape

We find that the plumbing system is one that stays on the backburner in a homeowners’ mind. We understand why plumbing is not exactly a hot topic in social circles and the plumbing system in your home is actually a complex system. It is not always easy to understand how your plumbing system works and that is why we have an expert team here at H20 Plumbing and Waters to help you with all your home and commercial plumbing needs.

If you are looking to keep your plumbing system in tip top shape, then make sure you have a reliable service team like ours. If you are looking for a great plumbing team in the middle Tennessee area  then contact our team. Our plumbers have serviced the middle Tennessee are since 1995 and we’re the number one choice in plumbing solutions for a reason.

When you’re having trouble with your plumbing system, it is always a good idea to call a professional plumber. DO NOT try to DIY these services under any circumstance. But, if you would like to take care of your plumbing system on your own then take the time to make sure that you follow these simple guidelines.

Hair: Hair going down your shower or sink poses a big problem to your drain system. Hair tends to catch itself in preexisting sludge and goo like substances in your plumbing system. Try putting a sink strainer over your drain so that you can scoop this hair up and dispose of it easily after a shower or bath.

Soap Scum: Do you know what soap scum is? It is a term that we hear commonly in commercials, but we want to make sure that you know why. Soap scum is the cause of a soap byproduct and hard water (water with a high mineral content of calcium or magnesium) mixing together. Soap scum forms up in your drains and causes clogging. Having a water softener installed on your main water line can greatly reduce this problem.

FOG: FOG is a plumbing term that stands for “fat, oil, or grease.” FOG is by far the number one culprit of any kitchen sink clogging. FOG is such a big deal because it travels down your drain as a liquid but then congeals, settles in a low area like a P-trap and becomes a sludge-like solid. That is the perfect consistency to capture and trap any other particles going down your drain. Always be careful not to pour “fat, oil, or grease” down your drain. It can cause costly drain cleanings or even be so bad that the clogged pipe needs to be cut out and replaced. In the event of an accidental pouring of these down your drain, immediately start pouring hot water and a grease fighting soap down the drain for a few minutes. This will stop it from congealing in the pipe.

Coffee Grounds: Coffee grounds cause the same problem in your drain that FOG does. Never put coffee grounds down your kitchen sink. The best way to dispose of coffee grounds is to throw them away in the garbage can or use a spare container and dispose of them in there. If you’re feeling eco-friendly, take your disposed of coffee grounds and use them as fertilizer. They are a great source of nitrogen and serve as great fodder for your outdoor or indoor plants.

Store Bought Drain Cleaner: If there is one thing you should always avoid no matter the circumstance is store bought chemical drain cleaners. We understand why you would buy it, you are standing in the aisle at the store and reading all these fantastic claims about how this cheap product can solve all your slow moving drain problems, but be ware, these caustic chemicals do more harm than good. They can do serious damage to your drain pipes, that will lead to very costly repairs.

If you need expert plumbing services then feel free to call us at 615-864-9459