Six Ways to Keep Your Plumbing Running Smoothly

We’ve all been there: An unexpected clog or leak strikes at an inopportune time, putting a damper on your day at the least, or, at the worst, causing permanent damage to your home. Don’t let plumbing issues get you down. Keep your plumbing in tip-top shape by following our six easy tips.

Prevent Clogs

It seems simple enough, but most of us could be more careful when it comes to keeping drains and garbage disposals clean. If you have a garbage disposal in your sink, avoid tossing in fibrous food, such as celery or fruit peels. Grease should also never be poured into the disposal, as it can solidify and cause a clog.

In the bathroom, avoid using oils in the shower, as they can also thicken and cause clogs. Be careful what you put in the toilet as well, making sure to only flush human waste and toilet paper, even if you are using products that are labelled “flushable.”

Clear Gutters and Downspouts

Here on Cape Cod, spring thaw is finally happening, which also means snow melt. To ensure that any remaining ice melts away easily and doesn’t cause damage, check your home’s gutters and downspouts and remove any buildup of debris.

Check for Leaks

Check under each sink in your home for any signs of leakage, such as puddles or water damage. Don’t forget to also inspect the hose lines that connect to essential home appliances, such as dishwashers and washing machines. If you see signs of a problem, contact your local plumbing service right away.

Clean Your Faucets and Fixtures

Daily use can cause buildup on your bathtubs, fixtures, faucets, and showers—especially if your home has hard water. If any fixtures show damage that you can’t clean yourself, a reputable plumbing company can easily replace them.

Consider Replacing Your Water Heater

Water heater failure can occur without warning and cause significant damage to your property. Not only does your water heater need regular maintenance by a certified HVAC specialist, but if it is more than 10 years old, it may be time to invest in a new system. New equipment will help your plumbing operate more efficiently, will lower fuel costs, and will deliver more readily available hot water every day.

Today’s homeowners have their pick of hot water boiling options, including tankless, indirect, and conventional, so make sure to do your research.

Have a Trusted Plumber on Hand

If an issue does arise, don’t try to fix it yourself! Make sure to have plumbing service you can rely on, so you know who to call when disaster strikes.

Whether you need a clog fix, leak solution, or total equipment installation, Falmouth Energy’s plumbing specialists are here for you. Contact us today!