No other room in a house contains as many pipes and plumbing fixtures as the bathroom. This makes sense when you consider that most of the fresh water used in a house goes to the bathroom appliances. The toilets, sinks, bathtubs, showers, hot and cold water lines, and drainpipes in any household bathroom handle an immense amount of work.
We have advice on how to keep your bathroom plumbing in good shape so troubles like clogs and leaks are rare:
Don’t flush any trash into the toilet
The toilet should never be used as a trash can. The only paper products that should be flushed down the toilet is toilet paper. Don’t throw facial tissues into the toilet because they are highly absorbent and can easily swell to block the pipes. Wet-wipes of any kind are also a major problem because they clump together and can turn into a huge and difficult to remove clog—not only for the bathroom plumbing, but in the sewer line and the municipal sewer system.
Protect the drains with drain covers
Exposed drains are more likely to pick up hair and soap scum. It’s also easier for small objects, like toothpaste caps, to fall down an open drain and become lodged in the pipe. Basic mesh drain covers in the bathroom sink and shower protect the drainpipes from most of the problems leading to clogs. Make sure to clean the drain covers periodically so they won’t cause slow drainage.
Never use chemical drain cleaners on the drains
When you do encounter a slow or clogged drain in the bathroom (and it’s impossible to prevent all causes of clogs), please don’t grab a bottle of chemical drain cleaner and pour the contents down the drain. These store-bought batches of acidic chemicals are only temporarily effective—but worse, they can create severe damage to the drainpipe, leading to corrosion. If you can’t eliminate a drain clog with a plunger or a hand-cranked drain snake, call for a professional plumber.
Replace outdated pipes
If you live in a home built before 1970, you almost certainly have outdated piping material in your bathroom. We recommend replacing lead, steel, iron, and polybutylene pipes, all of which are susceptible to corrosion and/or breakage. Lead pipes are potentially hazardous for drinking water lines.
Schedule routine maintenance and drain cleaning
Drain cleaning is more than an emergency service to help you out in case of a major drain clog. It’s an excellent preventive and maintenance service to help your bathroom plumbing stay in top shape. Regular cleaning using professional tools removes build-up in the drains, and this not only prevents clogs, it helps to stop pipe decay. During drain cleaning, plumbers can also find out if there are hidden leaks or components that may need repairs or replacements.
For all your needs for bathroom plumbing in Normal, IL, trust to our expert plumbers. We aim to get each job done right the first time, and your satisfaction is 100% guaranteed.