Home Maintenance Tips: Caring For Your Plumbing

Having a good home maintenance plan in place can really help to save you a ton of money and keep your home in the best possible shape. There are lots of simple home maintenance tips to follow, with plumbing being something that you should definitely pay attention to. Take a look at what you can do to keep the water flowing freely through your pipes.

Fats and Oils

Many people don't realize the detrimental effects that spilling fats and oils down their drains can have. They are actually the main cause for clogs, so you should make it a point to never do this. If you accidentally spill some down your drain, run the water as hot as it goes and add a good amount of dish soap while you're at it. The dish soap will help to break down the fats and oils so that they can pass through the pipes without clogging them.


Hair is a major culprit for clogged drains. While fats and oil are the main drain clogging culprit in the kitchen, hair more than likely wins in the bathroom. The best way to deal with this issue is to get a hair strainer to put in your bathtub drain. Hair can still pass through the strainer if too much of it accumulates, so make sure that you do your part to reduce the amount of hair that gets in the drain by cleaning the strainer out after each use.


Try to skip using harsh chemicals, such as Drano. While the acids in it are great for unclogging drains, it can cause significant damage to your plumbing at the same time, setting you up for potentially costly repairs. You should try things like plungers and snakes before you resort to chemical treatments.

Contact us anytime at Ascent Builders, Inc. to get more tips on how to properly and effectively maintain your home.