General Plumbing Tips In Staten Island, NY
One of the most common plumbing services we provide to Staten Island is sewer and drain cleaning. This often involves removing a drain clog which could have been avoided. Two of the most common reasons for drain clogs is FOG and hair. Fats, oils, and grease quickly clog the kitchen sink because it gets thick and things get stuck in it. Clogs are most often located in the plumbing traps of the tub, toilet, and sinks. In this location, it's pretty easy to dislodge the clog with a plunger or hand auger. Liquid chemicals don't work well and they are caustic to the plumbing drains and pipes. Many clogs require calling in a plumber unless you try to take care of it yourself. Either way, it's either going to be a lot of work for you or the expense of calling a Staten Island plumber for repairs. Reason would say that it's best to avoid clogged drains if you can rather than deal with them. So here are some tips from our Staten Island plumbing and heating contractors at Precise Plumbing & Heating to help you do just so.
Indoor Plumbing Tips
Inside your Staten Island home, make sure each sink, shower, and tub drain has a hair-catcher installed. Hair is a huge reason for clogs because the tiny barbs on each shaft are extremely sticky. It folds up into itself in a wadded net shape, catching everything and holding it tight. A hair catcher in each drain, perhaps except the kitchen sink, will help a lot but you should still be willing to clean the catcher and pull any hair out of the drain when you see it. In the kitchen, certainly never let food get down the pipes on any sink with no garbage disposal. If there is one, be sure you don't put the following into your garbage disposal:
- Egg shells
- Potato Peels
- Banana Peels
- Orange Peels (or any other kind)
- Any type of fat
- Any type of oil
- Any type of grease
Outdoor Plumbing Tips
As part of your yearly maintenance schedule, take a tour of the plumbing system located outside around your property to check for any leaks or wet spots. If you see any damp soil or concrete areas when it hasn't rained, you likely have a leak. Tree roots may be growing into the pipes or something may have crushed them. Check any bush, shrub, trees, and overgrowth areas to ensure they aren't spreading roots on top or near the plumbing and any irrigation system. If there are, clear them away and keep the area clear of any foliage that produces a strong root system. Most drain clogs form in the traps of toilets, sinks, or bathtubs and are easily dislodged with a plunger, a hand auger, or liquid chemicals. Clogged pipes are never fun, but you can avoid most instances of them if you keep these things in mind.
Sewer & Drain Cleaning Service In Staten Island
One of the most effective ways you can completely clear your pipes of all corrosion and limescale buildup within the drains and sewer pipes of your Staten Island home is to call us for Drain Cleaning Service. We remove all the buildup and get rid of any debris that's already in there. You get a fresh start with whistling clean drains and pipes. The results last a long time, but to keep it up we recommend yearly or every other year depending on quickly the limescale accumulates.
Hard Water? Install A Water Softener
Hard water produces a buildup of limescale coating on the inside of your plumbing drains, sewer lines, dishwasher, washing machine, shower heads, faucets, connections, valves, and more. Everything the limescale touches is coated with it, layer upon layer. That's why you really need drain cleaning, but afterward, you can eliminate the limescale problem for good if you install a whole house water softener.