Don’t Use Liquid Drain Cleaner
Pass on the chemical drain cleaners. They are corrosive and will gradually eat away at your pipes, causing much bigger problems than the clog that you started with. Using a plunger is a much better solution because it won’t damage your pipes. For particularly stubborn clogs that your plunger is no match against, call in the professionals to clean your drains using a snake or hydro jet.
Fix Leaks Immediately
We know it’s tempting, but don’t ignore that leak! Even a minor leak can cause water damage and waste over time, and if you leave it, it’s likely to become a much bigger leak that will be more time-consuming and costly to fix later. Get that leak repaired as soon as you notice it.
Watch What You Flush
There are a lot of products you may be using in the bathroom that advertise themselves as “flushable,” such as makeup-remover wipes. However, these products can actually bungle up your plumbing and cause damage, so opt to toss them in the trash instead of flushing. You should not flush anything other than toilet paper and bodily waste.
Use Drain Strainers
Using drain strainers on your shower drains can save you a lot of grief by preventing clogs. A major cause of plugs in shower drains is hair that washes down the drain, but placing a strainer over the drain will catch hair and any other excess debris so you can easily get rid of it instead of allowing it to go down the drain and cause problems as it builds up.
Get Rid of Limescale Build Up
If you notice white limescale buildup on your fixtures, it’s a sign that you have hard water. In addition to not looking great, the mineral buildup will clog up your fixtures and reduce your water pressure, so it’s a good idea to stay on it and clean it off regularly. White vinegar works well to clean limescale. If you find that hard water is a problem in your household, consider installing a water softener.