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Prevent Clogs and Reduce Water Waste While Staying in Place

North Carolina plumbing company Four Seasons Plumbing advises homeowners that heightened use from stay-at-home and…

  • May 9, 2020

North Carolina plumbing company Four Seasons Plumbing advises homeowners that heightened use from stay-at-home and shelter-in-place regulations stress residential pipes and drains and increase the risk of breakdowns.

In order to keep home plumbing operating efficiently and effectively, the company suggests homeowners adopt the following best practices:

Lower the water heater temperature: Lowering the temperature setting on your hot water heater by 5 to 10 degrees will reduce your utility bill without noticeably reducing the amount of available hot water.

Don’t flush anything except toilet paper: Most products marketed as “flushable,” like cat litter and sanitizing and hygienic wipes, won’t break down and can clog your pipes.

Monitor the disposal: Make sure large scraps and oil and grease stay out of the kitchen disposal to prevent backups. A combination of vinegar and baking soda can treat odors.

Prevent drain clogs: Use a mesh guard to catch loose hair in the shower and bathroom sink or wear a shower cap. Occasionally clean the drain of any accumulated material. If you develop a clog, try boiling water or baking soda before calling a professional. Never use caustic commercial drain cleaners.

Identify the shut-off valve: During an emergency like a major leak, it’s essential to know where the main water supply valve is to keep water and property damage to a minimum. Contact a trusted and licensed professional immediately to schedule a service call and restore water for the home.