by Zona on June 26, 2015

How to Extend the Life of Your Plumbing Piping System

Indianapolis PlumberExtending the life of the plumbing piping system in your home is a combination of avoiding doing the things that are damaging the system, as well as bringing in the professionals from time to time to carefully check for any areas of concern and make the recommendations or repairs to keep the system running efficiently for many years to come.

Eliminate Putting Items in Toilet

Putting certain items in the toilet could lead to clogs further down the line that can really become problematic. Never put condoms, tampons, dental floss, paper towels, cloth sanitary wipes, or baby wipes, into the toilet.

Not only do they not break down from water contact, they easily get stuck inside the pipes when tight turns become more narrow. Once stuck, these items will attract other debris that should flow easily down the pipes.

Eliminate Putting Items in Garbage Disposal

The garbage disposal is designed to chop up food into liquid so it easily flows down the drains. Putting the wrong foods into the disposal can not only clog the lines, it can eat away at the strength and integrity too.

Foods like orange and lemon peels, spaghetti, and rice, should never be put into the disposal. Not only does spaghetti and rice expand when in contact with water, it will easily stick to the inside of the pipes and cause a significant clog.

Indianapolis Pipe-ServicesEliminate Use of Chemical Drain Cleaners

Chemical drain cleaners were designed to break up clogs in a pipe, but many homeowners are not aware of all the potential dangers of these chemicals. They are toxic, and the ingredients will in time eat away at the surface of the inside of the pipes, making them weaker after each application.

If used too often, the pipes become so weak that they can not function properly, and in many cases need to be removed and replaced with new piping materials.

One of the best ways to prevent damage from occurring within the piping system is to call your local plumbing repair company and request information on a preventative maintenance package.

This will allow a professional and certified technician to inspect all the working parts of the plumbing system and be in the position to identify any areas of concern before then become serious plumbing emergencies. This is the best way to extend the life of the plumbing piping system.

Want to extend the life of your Indianapolis home piping system? Call Griesemer Plumbing & Mechanical at (317) 881-9536 to find out ways to extend the life of your pipes.

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