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Why Should I Clean My Drains Before Spring?

Once the snow starts melting and temperatures begin rising, thoughts turn to spring. Many homeowners use this time to start the ritualistic task of spring cleaning their home – and yard.

Throughout your spring-cleaning routine this year, remember not to overlook the importance of cleaning your home’s plumbing drains. Here’s why cleaning your drains before spring is important, as well as tips on how to do it well.

Spring Plumbing Maintenance is Important

The best way to avoid large, expensive problems in the future is to complete proper maintenance in the present. Plumbing-related issues are no different!

Essential to keeping water flowing in and waste flowing out of your home, plumbing maintenance is necessary to keep your pipes in good working order. Besides helping to avoid more expensive issues in the future, plumbing maintenance can help you conserve water and save on energy bills. For example, a slow dripping tap can gradually lead to a costly waste product of 34 gallons per year.

When plumbing leaks go undetected, you risk experiencing poor water pressure and creating water damage to your home. Wood rot, mould growth and pipe corrosion can all be by-products of undetected plumbing leaks. 

How to Properly Clean My Plumbing Drains

Keeping your indoor plumbing flowing smoothly starts with your drains. If you have a slow-draining tub, shower, bathroom sink or kitchen sink, the problem is usually a build-up of hair, soap scum or food debris. Although messy, typically only a little bit of elbow grease is required to clean the blocked drains. Specially formulated draining products are available, and homemade remedies include baking soda and vinegar.

To prevent a similar clog in the future, practice caution when pouring liquids, especially grease, down your sink. Instead of potentially creating a hardening in your pipes, dispose of grease properly in your garbage or compost bin.

Also, consider installing mesh strainers over all of your drains. These can help stop debris from entering your drainage system in the first place.

While you’re cleaning your drains, why not clean the mineral build-up from your showerheads and faucets, too? To do so, use cleaners such as lemon juice, white vinegar or CLR. If needed, clean out and replace faucet aerators.

For more comprehensive plumbing maintenance, you should also check your faucets for leaks both inside and outside your home and search for signs of water damage.

Any leak that you find while completing your plumbing maintenance should be dealt with immediately. If you’re not familiar with repairing plumbing problems, contact a Halton plumbing professional.

Get Your Halton Property Drains Professionally Cleaned Before Spring

Save time, money and frustration by hiring a professional to clean your home’s drains. Highly experienced, a licensed plumber is your best solution when it comes to plumbing maintenance. Avoid costly repairs by having a plumber ensure all of your Halton property’s plumbing is in great working order for the season ahead.