Simple Ways to Help Your Pipes Last Longer

Taking care of your pipes will help them last longer. Follow these simple home plumbing maintenance tips to keep your pipes in the best shape possible for a long time to come.

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Avoid Chemical Drain Cleaners

While it may seem logical that liquid drain cleaners would be good for your pipes, the opposite is actually true. These drain cleaners work to get rid of clogs because they contain corrosive chemicals that eat through the clogs. Unfortunately, these chemicals will slowly eat away at your pipes, too. If your pipes are clogged, reach for a plunger first. If the blockage is especially stubborn, hire a professional drain cleaner to remove the blockage without damaging your pipes.


Be Careful What You Flush

When it comes to toilets, you should only ever be flushing toilet paper and bodily waste. Even products that might say “flushable” on the label, such as wipes or kitty litter, should not be put down the toilet. These products take a long time to break down and can easily clog up your pipes in the meantime. Not only are clogs a pain to deal with, they also put added pressure on your pipes and can cause damage.


Keep Oils & Fats Out of the Drain

When it comes to the kitchen sink, be mindful of what you put down the drain and your pipes will thank you. Oils and fats may seem okay to pour down the drain because they are liquids, but as soon as they cool down in your pipes they will turn solid and create nasty blockages that will slow your drain and ultimately hurt your pipes.


Don’t Ignore Minor Problems

If you notice a small leak, slow drain, or anything else that seems a little off with your plumbing, don’t ignore it. Even if the issue you notice seems minor, it is a good idea to call a plumber and get it fixed soon. Otherwise, the problem will only get worse and could result in something really damaging and expensive to repair.

If you need plumbing repairs, give us a call today at 780-432-3947! The team at Butler Plumbing, Heating & Gasfitting has years of experience with repairs, maintenance, and installations.

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