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How to Avoid a Plumbing Disaster

With summer coming up, you’re probably going to have a lot of people over your house to enjoy the nice weather. That’s all good and well until your garbage disposal clogs from all your cooking scraps or your bathroom sink won’t drain. Not to worry — you can avoid a plumbing disaster with a few preventative measures.plumbing-disaster-wahl-family-heating-cooling-plumbing

Don’t Pour Grease Down Your Disposal

Keep your kitchen sinks clog free and dispose of cooking oil and oily foods elsewhere. Oil can solidify in your disposal, clogging and potentially even damaging it. Pour the oil into a can, allow it to solidify, and throw it away instead.

Use Inexpensive Hair Traps

Ladies — you know full well how much hair you shed when you shower. If you let it flow down the drain, you risk forming a pretty gross clog. Invest in cheap plastic or metal traps that catch hair and allow for easy clog prevention.

Use Baking Soda Treatments

You don’t need to use harsh, store-bought chemicals to keep your drains clog-free. Once a month, sprinkle ¼ cup of baking soda with a splash of water in your sink and tub drains. Pour one cup of white vinegar down the drain, and let the mixture sit a few hours or overnight. Flush it out with hot water, and you have an easy DIY drain treatment.

Go Easy On Faucet Handles

It may be habit to turn your faucet handles tightly to make sure the water is totally off, but you may be doing more harm than good. Turning them too tightly wears down the washers more quickly. Only turn the handle as far is goes without force to avoid leaks.

If you do end up with a plumbing disaster, contact Wahl Family Heating, Cooling, and Plumbing. We are your one-stop shop for all of your home plumbing needs and offer 24-hour emergency plumbing services. If you need us, we’ll be there — so call 412-276-9245.

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