Your home's plumbing system is something probably don't think about too much unless there’s a major issue. Just be sure to remember the following things that will help keep all components working properly:

1. Only certain items go into your plumbing system

Even if a product, such as wipes or cat litter, is labeled as flushable, it doesn't belong down your toilet or plumbing system. Because these items don't disintegrate quickly, they are more likely to block the drain. And in the kitchen, make sure food doesn't get into your kitchen pipes by using a screen or other mechanism that allows water to flow through but not food particles.

2. Ditch the chemicals

A slowdown or backup in your plumbing system might seem inevitable—and it can pose a significant inconvenience for today's busy households. As tempting as it is to reach for the bottled chemicals because they promise an easy fix, refrain from doing so. These chemicals are harsh for both you and your pipes. Additionally, they usually only fix the problem partially and temporarily.

3. Know where the main water valve is

Don’t wait until there’s a plumbing issue to know where your main water valve is. Locate it now before there is a problem so you can turn off the water to your home when necessary. You'll save yourself time, money, and frustration by doing so.

4. Your rubber hoses haven't been replaced recently

If you have rubber hoses on the appliances in your plumbing system, you should replace them about every five years. Often found on items like dishwashers and washing machines, rubber hoses can fail without notice, leaving you with a tremendous flood. Consider replacing any rubber hoses with stainless steel instead.

5. Your hot water heater hasn't been updated

The average lifespan of today's hot water heater is between 8 and 12 years. If yours is within that range or past it, consider updating it today before you have an issue. By doing so, not only will you avoid water heater failure, but you'll also likely save on the energy costs associated with using it.

6. You try to fix plumbing issues yourself

It's natural to want to try to fix a clogged toilet yourself. After all, it seems like a plunger and a bit of elbow grease could clear up any issues. The fact of the matter, though, is that a professional drain cleaner can save you time, money and frustration with their extensive experience and access to specialized tools.

Drain Blaster Bill provides professional drain cleaning services in Inver Grove Heights and the surrounding areas. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.