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4 Tips For Maintaining The Plumbing In Your Bathroom

by Toni Richards

When it comes to maintaining your bathroom, it's all about the plumbing. The plumbing needs to be well maintained to ensure that every function works correctly. If one appliance is broken, it can affect the rest of the plumbing in the room, as well. On top of this, if you don't have another bathroom in your home, it can make getting ready in the morning almost impossible, not to mention you may have to actually leave your home to use the bathroom. Here are three tips to help you maintain the plumbing in your bathroom:

  1. Be Delicate With the Toilet: The toilet cannot flush everything. Do not flush down feminine products, baby wipes, diapers, or large amounts of toilet paper. Be sure to put a trash can next to the toilet to ensure that your toilet is not used as a trash can by you or any guests. This is important because it can be tempting to quickly get rid of trash by simply flushing it down the toilet. This is going to cause back-ups very quickly, though. Also, be sure to hire professional plumbers right away if you notice any problems with the toilet. This way, the problem does not become worse, which can potentially leave you with expensive repairs and days without being able to use a functioning toilet. 
  2. Insulate the Water Heater for the Shower: When you use your shower, it puts the hot water heater to work unless you are taking cold showers, which you probably aren't. To ensure that the water comes out to the temperature that you want fairly quickly, you want to ensure that your water heater and the pipes are insulated. This also ensures that your water heater is not being overworked, which can lead to it quickly needing repairs and higher monthly electricity bills. 
  3. Use a Strainer for Drain in the Shower: The shower is prone to a great deal of hair going down the drain, as well as soap scum. When this builds up quickly in the drain, it leads to potentially large clogs that can make draining the tub almost impossible. 
  4. Clean the Sink Properly: When you clean the sink in your bathroom, you need to be sure that you do not use harsh drain cleaners. This is because it corrodes the pipes, which can lead to leaks. You definitely don't want this to happen as it leads to water waste and potentially water damage in your bathroom. Be sure to hire professionals for drain cleaning because they will use the right cleaning agents that are not harsh and destructive. 

When you know these four tips for maintaining the plumbing in your bathroom, you can be sure that you are less likely to have to deal with plumbing emergencies that can affect your daily routines. For more information, talk to a professional like Towers Murray Plumbing.