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Tips for Tip-Top Plumbing

Phew! Finally done unclogging the toilet? We know that it can certainly take some muscle power to get rid of those nasty clogs! But, what if we told you that there is a way to avoid whipping out the plunger as often as you do? All it takes is faith, dust, and a little bit of pixi—wait, that’s not it! All it takes is a little extra TLC!

That’s right! There are a number of ways to ensure that your plumbing system is in tip-top shape, and below, we have listed some of our favorite plumbing tips for you! That way, you won’t have to worry about costly repairs and untimely replacements too much! So, what are you waiting for? Keep reading to find out more!

Here’s What You Can Do

There are plenty of things that you can do to avoid plumbing mishaps, including:

1. Don’t pour F.O.G. down the sink

F.O.G, or fats, oils, and grease are among the worst things that you can pour down your kitchen sink, as they easily lead to major clogs. These cooking oils look harmless when their hot because they’re in liquid form. But have you seen what they look like when they cool down? They become a sticky, waxy substance. Imagine that residue clinging to the interior of your drainpipes, slowly building up until clogs are inevitable, and no amount of plunging will fix it. Pour F.O.G. out into another receptacle and put it in the trash.

2. Arrange for regular drain cleaning

This ties into the trouble with F.O.G.—because some of it will go down your drains no matter what. Plus, there’s soap scum and other debris that enter the drains. The best way to avoid drainpipe trouble is to schedule preventive drain cleaning with professionals once a year. We’ll scour out the drains and make them as good as new. You’ll rarely have clogs of any kind.

3. Don’t flush “flushable” wipes

Pre-moistened wet wipes are more common now than ever, but they aren’t flushable—no matter what the label may say. These wipes tend to stick together and can congeal into a solid lump, which means a difficult clog to remove.

4. Be careful of what you throw down the disposal

Your garbage disposal was not designed to handle anything and everything that’s thrown into it. It’s not for actual garbage, despite the name garbage disposal. Don’t put any organic items down it that are too hard for human teeth to chew (fruit pits, meat bones, unpopped popcorn kernels) or stringy foods like asparagus and onion skins. Pasta and rice are also troublesome because they absorb water.

And, Of Course, Maintenance!

To get the absolute most out of your plumbing system, it is important that you schedule annual preventative maintenance services. Annual maintenance is key to ensuring that your plumbing in Tampa, FL is free of any clogs and leaks that can lead to disaster!

To schedule your plumbing services, contact the team at Bayonet Plumbing, Heating, & Air Conditioning today! 

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