Boston has very old plumbing systems. Most of the city’s main lines were installed in the early 1900s. That is why it’s so important to keep your property’s drains clean. The better you are at giving your plumbing pipes preventive maintenance, the longer they will last and the more money you save.
That is why we want to share with you 5 practical ways to keep your drains clean. Make these easy ideas a habit for you, your family or office, and watch how you’ll rarely have to worry about plumbing.
Don’t Use Drano and Products Like That
We know it sounds self-serving to say you shouldn’t use a product that is so easy to use as Drano or Liquid-Plumr. But there are two big reasons why plumbers don’t like it when you use Drano.
First, Drano sits in the drain pipes while it dissolves the clog. Think about that for a second. This is a chemical that is strong enough to dissolve pipe blockages. This chemical reaction produces heat which can soften a PVC pipe or even make them crack.
The other reason is that if your plumbing system has been repaired before, Drano can also dissolve the glue that was used to repair the problem. And even if your pipes haven’t been repaired, some old installations used glue to attach pipe joints together.
Don’t Use Drop-in Toilet Fresheners
While not as destructive as Drano, toilet fresheners wear out the toilet tanks. After a while, all that debris goes into the drain causing more clogging and damage. Additionally, all those rubber parts in the toilet’s tank are damaged by the chemicals in the freshener tablet. The longer the tablet sits there, the more likely the damage. It may seem like not enough to do any significant damage. But remember, it’s not one small thing that will cause damage. It’s the combination of many small things that damage your drain pipes.
Use Your Garbage Disposal Properly
Garbage disposals make our lives easier. But they need some help to work as intended. Most people know the usual rules: no grease, no coffee grinds, fibrous food like celery and starchy foods like potatoes and rice. Other than this, make sure you don’t overload the garbage disposal. Throw one thing at a time. Otherwise, all that food may get sucked in and make it through the disposal and into the drain. If that happens, the drain will get clogged and the problems will start.
Schedule Regular Professional Drain Cleaning
Even if you follow these tips and you are the most careful person in the world, you should schedule a drain cleaning service every two years or so. A lot goes through your drain pipes in two years, so make sure you get New England Pipe Restoration a call. We will make sure your drain pipes flow as they should.
Professional Drain Cleaning in Boston
Call us at 866-553-9182 to schedule a visit to your property. We can clean up your entire drain system in a matter of hours, preventing bigger problems in the future.