How to Prevent Plumbing Disasters in 5 Simple Steps

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Picture this—you’re peacefully enjoying a hot shower after a long day when suddenly the water turns ice cold. Or worse, your toilet decides it’s the perfect time to overflow. Plumbing disasters are inconvenient, and messy, and can cause expensive damage to your home. 

But don’t worry! We are here to help you prevent these nightmares from happening, with five expert tips straight from the guys at Maston’s Plumbing & Drain.  

From regular maintenance to little-known tricks of the trade, after reading this guide, you can consider yourself armed with everything needed to keep your pipes flowing smoothly and your stress levels at an all-time low. 

Let’s get into our plumber’s recommendations! 

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#1. Schedule Regular Inspections with Maston’s 

Don’t underestimate the value of an annual inspection. This can help identify minor problems before they become major disasters. Have professionals, like the guys at Maston’s examine your plumbing system regularly. Doing so ensures that everything is in tip-top shape, which in turn significantly reduces the odds of plumbing malfunctions.  

Remember, prevention is always better, and certainly much less stressful, than dealing with a full-blown disaster.  

Get in touch with our crew today to schedule your annual inspection! 

#2. Watch What You Flush 

Certain items can cause blockages in the pipework. Refrain from flushing things like: 

  • Paper towels 
  • “Flushable” wipes (trust us, these are not good for your pipes!) 
  • Feminine hygiene products 

These items don’t degrade quickly like toilet paper and can block your pipes, leading to costly repairs.  

#3. Avoid Caustic Cleaning Chemicals  

Steer clear of harsh, caustic cleaning agents when trying to clean your pipes or handle a clog. Despite the quick fixes they may seem to provide, these chemicals can ultimately lead to bigger issues.  

So what’s the best course of action? Check out these preventative measures:  

  • Use natural alternatives: Solutions like baking soda and vinegar can oftentimes effectively tackle a clog without causing any damage to your plumbing.
     
  • Invest in a plunger or drain snake: These manual tools can often clear a clog just as effectively as any chemical product, and without any of the potential harmful effects.
     
  • Maintain regular plumbing inspections: Remember, regular check-ups can help identify and rectify any potential problems before they turn into a major disaster. 

Remember, the goal is to keep your plumbing system functioning efficiently, and avoiding caustic chemicals is a key step in achieving this. 

#4. Maintain Your Drains 

Clogged drains are a common cause of plumbing disasters. To avoid such issues, it is essential to maintain your drains. 

  • Avoid disposing of grease, coffee grounds, and other debris down your sink which can lead to build-up and blockages.  
  • Use strainers in your sinks to catch food particles and other potential obstructions.  

Regular maintenance and precautions are key in preventing plumbing disasters. Keep an eye on what goes down the drain and don’t hesitate to take action when you notice something isn’t right! 

#5. Don’t Neglect Leaks 

Even the smallest leak can lead to extensive water damage over time. If you notice or hear the drip, drip, drip of a leak somewhere, make sure to address it immediately. 

Note: When it comes to leaks, don’t simply tighten the fixture and hope for the best. Water leaks never stop on their own. Consult with a plumber like Maston’s to handle repairs to prevent larger issues down the line.  

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Schedule Plumbing Maintenance with Maston’s  

Scheduling regular plumbing maintenance with Maston’s is a smart and proactive way to prevent plumbing disasters in your Tulsa, OK home. By having a professional plumber inspect and service your plumbing system regularly, you can catch small issues before they turn into costly emergencies. You can’t beat that peace of mind!  

Don’t wait until a major plumbing issue disrupts your daily life and causes expensive damage to your home. Take action NOW and contact the guys at Maston’s to schedule your plumbing maintenance appointment today! 

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