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4 Ways To Protect Your Bathroom Plumbing To Reduce The Need For Repairs And Drain Cleaning

It's challenging to keep your bathroom in good shape because of all the moisture in the small space. Moisture leads to mold and water damage if you don't keep the space dry and clean. Your bathroom has the potential for plumbing problems too since there are pipes to the sink, tub, shower, and toilet. You can take steps to protect your bathroom plumbing so it won't develop problems and you'll spare yourself the inconvenience of being without a tub or toilet, too. Here are four ways to maintain your bathroom plumbing.

1. Clean Hair Out Of Drains Regularly

You can stop a lot of the hair from going down the shower or tub drain by placing a screen over the drain that lets water through but traps hair. It's also good to clean the hair out of the top of the drain regularly so it doesn't have the chance to break loose and flow deeper into the drain. If you forget to remove the hair, you'll notice your bath or shower drain gets slower and slower. As soon as you notice the drain is slow, pull out the hair by snagging it with a hair removing tool, your fingers, or a bent wire coat hanger.

2. Repair Dripping Faucets Promptly

A dripping faucet only gets worse over time. A drip is usually caused by a bad ring that won't let the handle stop the flow of water. Repairing a leaky faucet might be a job you can handle yourself, but if not, call a plumber to make the repairs for you rather than put it off or the leak might get so bad that it affects your water bill. Working on a leaky shower or tub faucet, especially if the plumbing is old, can be difficult when the parts are behind tile and hard to reach and handle. If you're not certain of your abilities, call a plumber or you might break a water line and create an emergency.

3. Keep Wipes, Toys, And Trash Out Of The Toilet

The only thing you should flush down the toilet is toilet paper. Even scooping out your cat's litter box and flushing the waste in the toilet could cause the litter to build up over time and cause a clog. Wet wipes are another common cause of toilet clogs. The best way to prevent clogs is to only flush materials that dissolve fast in water, like toilet paper.

4. Fix Toilet Leaks And Keep Valves Operational

Another way to protect your toilet is to listen for running that may indicate the flapper isn't sealing. A simple adjustment of the chain or flapper in the tank could solve this problem so the toilet doesn't waste water and drive up your bill. Also, twist the supply valves to the toilet and sink occasionally so the valves don't get stuck open. If they're stuck, you won't be able to turn them off in an emergency.

For more information, contact a plumbing company in your area.