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3 Tricks to Avoid Plumbing Problems
Tired of calling a plumber? Use these tricks to prevent constant and costly repairs.

#1 Maintain your sink and shower drains.

In showers, use mesh screens to keep drain-clogging materials out of your plumbing. With kitchen and bathroom sinks, keep items like grease, cosmetics, matches, Q-Tips and cotton balls out of your drain. Install drain guards in your bathroom sinks and educate your family about what’s safe to put down your home’s drains.

#2 Watch what you put down your disposal.

Your disposal isn’t a trashcan. Aside from damaging your disposal itself, the following items are known to cause serious drain clogs. Keep these materials away from your drain to maintain a healthy disposal:

  • Fruit pits
  • Large bones
  • Shrimp shells
  • Banana peels
  • Nuts
  • Grease
  • Onion skins
  • Potato peels
  • Pasta
  • Rice

#3 Insulate pipes.

Cold weather can freeze the water in your pipes, resulting in expensive repair bills. Before chilly weather arrives, identify vulnerable piping and apply insulation. Pipes in your attic, crawlspace, basement and outbuildings are most at risk for freezing. Use fiberglass, space heaters and foam board to keep your pipes warm. If you need help insulating your piping, call an insulation pro immediately.

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