Plumbing is one of the invisible features of a house. Like electrical wiring and heating and cooling systems, it often goes unnoticed—until it stops working, that is. Plumbing problems are a nightmare for every homeowner, and it’s a good idea to take as many preventative measures as possible to avoid a breakdown of your plumbing system.

You don’t have to be a plumber in order to take basic care of your home’s pipes. Here are a few things to watch for:

  • Grease in your kitchen drain: Look out for greasy buildup in your kitchen sink. This common problem is easily preventable. Drain cleaners are available at most hardware stores, and they’re incredibly effective at clearing drains. Alternatively, you can pour boiling, soapy water down your drain occasionally to reduce drain buildup. Of course, the best course of action is to keep grease away from your drain in the first place. Pour grease into a glass jar or aluminum can instead of down the sink.
  • Frozen pipes: The potential disaster of a burst pipe in winter is one that can be difficult to avoid. Ask your plumber about insulating or heating your pipes. You can also check the weather for sub-zero temperatures—if it looks like the temperature’s going to be in the negatives, leave your faucets trickling overnight. The flow of water will help prevent freezing.
  • Hair in your bathroom’s drain: If someone in your family has long hair, the likelihood of your shower drain clogging is high. Covers that will keep hair out of your drains can be found at most hardware stores, and you can also use drain cleaner if you already have buildup.

Of course, this post only scrapes the surface of home plumbing—other problems need to be handled by professional plumbers. We at Westside Plumbing offer high-quality troubleshooting services in Zionsville, Danville, Plainfield, Brownsburg, and Avon, along with sump pump installations and bathroom remodeling. Contact us at (317) 445-8399 with problems and questions—we guarantee a quick response.

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