Plumbing Preventative Maintenance
As a homeowner, keeping up with maintenance can feel like a full time job. But it is very important to maintain your heating, cooling, and plumbing systems. Doing so will not only improve your overall comfort but keep you from having to make costly repairs down the road.
When performing plumbing maintenance, it is important to realize how many appliances and pipes are included in the system. Not only does your home’s plumbing system include toilets, showers, and sinks but is also includes all of your laundry, sewer lines, and more. Whether it is adjusting your living habits or hiring a professional to snake drains and check for leaks, maintenance is key to ensuring you have properly working plumbing.
For plumbing maintenance services in Northern Virginia, call John Nugent & Sons today at, 703-291-1926.
Sink Plumbing Maintenance
Sinks take on the majority of the dirty work in the kitchen. There are several things you can do to help keep your kitchen sink in good working order including:
- Not pouring grease, fats, or oils down the drain. These liquids can solidify causing the sink to clog and backup.
- Running cold water for 15 seconds after you run the garbage disposal. It helps clear food remnants from the blades and disposal.
- Occasionally cleaning the disposal with dish soap and cold water. You can also put ice cubes or slices of lemon in the running disposal to sharpen and clean the blades.
- Never putting hard, fibrous, or stringy things into the garbage disposal. Things to avoid include banana peels, carrots, celery, bones, pits from fruit, and chicken.
Toilet Plumbing Maintenance
Having a working toilet is important to the function of any household, especially if you only have one. It is important to remember that your toilet is not a trash can. Do not flush sanitary napkins, diapers, paper towels, tissues, or cotton balls. They are not designed to disintegrate in water and will clog the pipes. If your toilet is clogged and you cannot unclog with a plunger, call John Nugent & Sons!
Shower and Bath Plumbing Maintenance
The shower and bath drains are used often and neglected the most. People don’t realize the amount of hair and dirt that goes down those drains that will clog over time. You can prevent clogged drains by putting strainers over them to collect hair and pieces of soap. Remember to clean these strainers often. Hard water can also build up inside your shower head. Take your shower head off every few months and soak it in vinegar to get rid of the mineral deposits.
Yearly Plumbing Maintenance
You can prevent clogs and build up on your own. For all other repairs contact the professionals at John Nugent & Sons. We can snake drains when they can no longer be unclogged with drain cleaner. We also provide water heater maintenance and repair for homeowners in Northern Virginia. Schedule an appointment or contact us online!