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Tips for New Homeowners Part 1: Don’t Lead the Pipes to Ruin
Congratulations on your new home! Your home passed inspection, and now you can sit back and relax as the house runs itself like a well-oiled machine, right? Wrong. A home inspector can identify basic problems, but they do not cover preventative measures or tell you how to care for existing facilities of the home, such as pipes. That is right, caring for your pipes. It is not a thing people talk about until an emergency call to the plumber is needed. Savvy new homeowners will heed these tips on how to keep their residential plumbing top notch.
Why it is important to keep pipes in working order
Your home is supposed to be a space of comfort and serenity, but this will soon not be the case if there is a problem with the plumbing. If you are unable to shower, cook or use the toilet, you are likely not staying in your home long. Simply put, if your plumbing does not work, your home does not work. Here is how new homeowners can take care of their pipes.
Be careful not to clog
The most common plumbing issue that arises is a clogged pipe, which is usually linked to flushing or draining things that do not belong, like small objects or toys (be wary of little ones who know how to flush!) or items like sanitizing wipes, feminine hygiene products or toiletry sample packages. All these are great examples of items that should not be flushed and can cause blockage within your pipes over time.
When you are in a new home, you want to keep it looking new. This may include regular cleanings with products that contain harsh cleaning chemicals such as bleach. But over-bleaching pipes can damage to residential plumbing because bleach is a strong abrasive and will wear down the pipes over time. This deterioration in pipe integrity can lead to leaks or major erosion. Try using natural-based cleaning products or ones that are bleach free.
Everyday harmful products
Other everyday products for the home can be harmful for your pipes, such as clog-releasing solutions like Drano. When overused, Drano can wear away your pipes much like bleach. Any strong chemical solution like lime or rust remover can have a similar effect. If you are using a liquid solution to clear your drain often, try plunging or snaking it first to repair the clog. If that does not work, call a plumber. This will ensure that you are not damaging your pipes by oversaturating them with harsh chemicals.
Residential plumbing responsibilities
As new homeowners, you have taken on a huge responsibility. The plumbing is an integral part of the home where many problems can arise. Some preventative measures include caring for your pipes by avoiding products that clog or harm them. Take care to keep your pipes in good working order and maintain the comfort of your new home.
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