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Clean Those Pipes

Posted on 07 November 2017 by sam

Indoor plumbing–the most important invention we never remember until we no longer have it.

Nothing’s worse than a clogged toilet or a lack of running water. Indoor plumbing is part of what makes the industrialized world the industrialized world. It’s essential to know what to do to keep our pipes from failing and also what to do if something goes wrong with them.

It’s important to maintain your pipes and address potential issues before they become major problems. Make sure you know the age of your pipes and the material out of which they’re made–older houses often have pipes of copper or cast-iron, while more modern pipes are made of PVC, which actually has a shorter life-span. If any part of your piping is exposed, check it regularly for signs of rusting, dimpling, bumps, or anything else out of the ordinary. As your pipes age, be sure to get them regularly inspected by a professional. If you start noticing discoloration in your water, that’s a sure sign that it may be time to replace the pipes. If you have polybutylene pipes, get them inspected immediately, because this material is especially prone to breakage.

Be sure to insulate exposed pipes so that they don’t freeze in the winter. To keep drains from clogging, use strainers, keep away oils and greases, and use a baking soda and vinegar combination monthly. When you clean your pipes, use enzyme-based cleaners instead of harsh chemicals to maintain the integrity of your pipes. Address leaks immediately, and be sure to get your pipes inspected yearly.

If you feel up to the task, you may be able to handle some basic plumbing maintenance and fixes on your own. With the right tools and a good manual (or YouTube video, or training from your grandpa), the average person can handle tasks such as installing and fixing showerheads and faucets, and fixing running toilets, and unclogging drains.

Attempting plumbing out of your skill set though can turn a small problem into a disaster. Know when it is time to enlist the skills of a professional. Companies, such as these drain cleaners in North Dakota, provide services for homes, commercial endeavors, and municipal buildings. Most services will offer everything from inspection to major repairs. Make sure you look through each company’s services to see if they meet your needs and use up-to-date equipment. Compare reviews and prices–this is going to be a big investment of time and money, and you want to make sure you receive top-notch service.

When pipes fail, it can be a mess–both figuratively and literally. Sometimes, with larger pipes, repair teams have to dig up or rip up parts of the house or yard to access the pipes. Fortunately, technology has improved so much that companies now offer non-invasive forms of repair, such as trenchless pipe liners, which are inserted through drains or toilets, plumbers use CCTV to find the spot that needs repairing, and insert cured-in-place-pipe (CIPP) liner in the damaged portion of the pipe. CIPP has become a go-to product to fix corrosion, leaks, sewer backups, and other common problems.