To ensure your plumbing pipes stay free and clear of clogs and in top working condition follow these helpful tips
Properly Insulate Pipes: For pipes that can be exposed to freezing temperatures make sure they are properly insulated with inexpensive foam pipe insulation. This type of insulation should work fine for South Carolina’s moderate winters. If you live somewhere where it gets colder you should get heat tape for any pipes not in temperature controlled areas.
Remove Garden Hoses: Remove any garden hoses as part of winterizing your home prior to the onset of freezing temperatures. If water in a garden hose freezes it will expand and increase pressure in the entire plumbing system . This can cause interior pipes to burst as well. Check your spigots to see if they are frost proof, if not, open and drain the spigot, and install a faucet insulator.
Reduce Noise: If your pipes squeak or make a hammering noise, the problem is usually that they are not anchored properly. In this instance I would recommend giving us a call so that they can be anchored properly.
Use Strainers: All drains in your home should be outfitted with a strainer to avoid large particles getting into your pipes and causing clogs. Make sure to also regularly clean your strainers, especially the one in the kitchen sink.
Hair free zone: One of the most common types of clogs comes from hair accumulating in drain pipes. When cutting hair or cleaning do not push the hair down the drain. Throw it in the garbage.