October 15, 2016 by

People call Roto-Rooter High Desert for problems big and small in Apple Valley, CA, but the unfortunate truth is that many of these problems could be easily avoided. Not every plumbing issue is preventable, but many of them aren’t necessary with a little foresight. If you take proper care of your pipes and drains, they’ll last longer – and you may not have to call Roto-Rooter for help so often either!

Tips for Keeping Your Pipes and Drains Flowing Smoothly

Don’t Use Draino and Similar Products

This is something they don’t tell people in commercials – most de-clogging products like Draino or Liquid-Plumr are actually very bad for pipes, especially if they’re used frequently.  The strong caustic chemicals they use can erode the inside of the pipes, leading to holes or cracks.

For an alternative, try pouring some baking soda down your drain, followed by white vinegar.  It’s far safer and nearly as effective.

Minimize Garbage Disposal Usage

No one likes to be told not to use an appliance they bought and installed, but for healthy pipes, a garbage disposal should be used sparingly. Every bit of food going into the pipes can potentially get stuck to the inside walls, leading to extra buildups over time.  They really should only be used for the small scraps of food left on plates after they’ve been scraped into a trashcan.

Never Send Grease Down a Drain

There’s probably nothing a person can send down their pipes which is worse for them than grease. Grease doesn’t just coat the pipes, it’s sticky. So a grease coating encourages further buildup and clogging.  Anything greasy should be going in the trash or other receptacles, not down the drain.

Clean Your Shower Drains Regularly

Don’t wait until a shower drain is totally clogged up to clean it off.  That means a lot of extra hair has gone down the drain, and is just waiting to cause bigger problems later on. Like grease, hair tends to stick to pipe interiors and then trap other debris getting sent down the pipes.  And, of course, a shower drain pipe is often a lot harder to fix than a sink pipe.

When You Do Need Help, Call Roto-Rooter High Desert

Roto-Rooter High Desert is available and on-call 24/7/365, so we’re here whenever you need us.  Just give us a call, and we’ll sort your plumbing problems out!