3 Easy Ways to Spring Clean Your Pipes

Spring has sprung, and you’re likely already freshening up the house. But have you given thoughts…

Spring has sprung, and you’re likely already freshening up the house. But have you given thoughts to your pipes?

Drain pipe under wash basin - toned image
Drain pipe under wash basin – toned image

ABACUS offers the following DIY tips to spring clean your pipes:

Freshen up those pipes: Want to remove or prevent sewer odors from invading your drains? ABACUS technicians suggest using a natural bacterial drain cleaner to clear debris and build-up from all the drains in your home. If you have a “frequent clogger” take the time now to snake it and get rid of the problem. NEVER use those popular acid-based drain cleaning products. Instead, use a product that is both environmentally safe and friendly on the pipes, and your plumber. Those acid-based or harsh chemical products can cause pipes to crack or tear and create more issues.

Check the hoses and drains: Even small tears or swollen lines can mean big costs down the line. ABACUS technicians recommend checking the water supply lines to your washing machine, faucets, toilets, and other water-using appliances or fixtures. If you see bulges, tears, or leaks, replace the lines. Please remember to turn off the water before you start and don’t put tape around a leaky line once it heats up or cools, the hose will expand and cause pressure down the line, which can be very expensive.

Don’t shower in filth: Aside from making your shower head look dirty, these deposits can often times block the jet openings on the shower head, preventing it from producing the desired spray. ABACUS technicians suggest taking a gallon size zip lock bag with warmed vinegar inside and using a zip tie to secure it around the back of the shower head. Let it soak for 30 minutes. Remove the shower head from the vinegar, and wipe it off with a rag. If any tiny jets are still clogged repeat one more time.

Source: ABACUS Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electrical

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Rob Roham

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