Most often, we tend to ignore our Los Angeles plumbing system until we have clogged drains or some other plumbing problem.
It's understandable because most of the plumbing is hidden out of sight so we aren't reminded of it every day.
The most we see from day to day is a faucet or spout, so unless we have problems in those areas, the rest is silently working for us all day and night, only outside our line of view. This means several things.
- One, the plumbing system is left to corrode and decay as it will.
- Two, when a problem does occur, it won't be something small alone, but likely many things that need fixing.
- And three, it will wind up costing way more in the long run.
Instead of letting our Los Angeles plumbing systems continue to decay every day and fall apart as they will, preventative maintenance can be done along with some preventive steps the homeowner can take to keep from damaging it. With this double measure, a homeowner can keep the plumbing system in good repair at all times, while spreading out the costs to keep it that way.
For the homeowner's part in the preventative plan, ensuring that certain items don't go down the drain can be a big solution to preventing plumbing clogs that cause damage to the system. Indeed, there are things one should never put down the drain, even when there's a disposal system in place to shred up the organic debris from cooking.
Here is a list of things that are commonly found in people's drains that should never have been disposed of in this way:
- Grease and other oils
- Masses of hair
- Children's toys
- Cotton buds/Q-Tips
- Bar soap remnants
- Construction Wastes
- Automobile oil
- Body parts (yes, this is true)
- Pets (fish, reptiles, hamsters, gerbils, snakes, alligators, and more have been found)
- Feminine hygiene products
- Birth Control devices
- Medications and drugs
- Drug Paraphernalia
These are just a few examples of what have been found in people's drains that cause drain clogs! So you can see how avoiding many of the problems can go a long way to keeping your repair calls down when it comes to your plumbing system.
The other preventative measure is simple. Have a maintenance plan scheduled to keep your plumbing clogs and other problems like rusted pipes, bad connections, scale and lime buildup, water heater issues, and more from ever happening.
A clean and free flowing plumbing system along with good parts that work correctly mean you won't be calling for those emergency plumbing clogs and leaks so often. In fact, if maintained and nothing is put down the drain that shouldn't be there, you shouldn't have many other reasons for clogs to occur.
Of course, there are other things you can do as well, such as keeping tree roots away from the plumbing lines outside. So all in all, together with your favorite plumber here at TV Plumbing, we can ensure you have fewer problems with drain clogs and other issues you don't want to have to face!