Thankfully, there are many things that you can do to help protect your home from any major issues associated with a plumbing malfunction.
Here are a few ways to protect your plumbing system:
If you have friends and family coming to stay with you for extended periods of time, take a few minutes to install drain covers in the drains of your bathrooms. This is especially important to do in the guest bathrooms that don’t get used as often. A drain cover is an inexpensive and easy to install plumbing accessory that just lays over the top of your drains and traps all of the hair before it goes down the drain. This simple little thing can help to prevent nearly all drain clogs.
Add a compost bucket or extra trash can next to the kitchen sink to encourage throwing food waste away in the trash can rather than scraping it down the kitchen sink and garbage disposal drain. The disposal is a fragile kitchen appliance, despite the nature of the material that it handles. It is important to be careful with your disposal or you could have a whole kitchen sink out of commission.
Make sure that you have your water heater inspected by a professional plumber. Your water heater is an essential appliance that you need during the winter months and especially if you have company staying over. If your water heater is more than five years old or if it hasn’t been serviced in more than one year – make sure to get that appointment on the books now.
Follow these simple tips to keep your home and your plumbing system protected from the harsh winter weather and extra use this winter!