We often take our plumbing systems for granted. But when a pipe breaks in our Wilmette, Illinois, home and disrupts our daily routine, it can create a catastrophe. Here are some simple plumbing maintenance tips to keep your pipes working smoothly all year long:

Use Enzyme-Based Pipe Cleaners

Instead of using harsh chemicals to clean your pipes, try an enzyme-based pipe cleaner. Enzymes and healthy bacteria feed on the organic materials in your pipes to eliminate buildup on inside pipe walls. As a result, they keep them clean and smooth. Unlike harsh chemical cleaners, enzyme-based cleaners won’t eat away at your pipes or damage their interiors.

Watch What Goes Down the Drain

Avoid putting grease, fat or oil down your drain. Many people think that washing oils down with warm water will prevent them from sticking to your pipes, but that only works for a short time. When the grease, fat or oil cools, it hardens and sticks to your pipes. As a result, it can cause massive clogs, slow draining and even overflowing. You should also put leftover grease in the trash and not in the drain.

Insulate Pipes Outside

Many homeowners overlook the importance of insulating outside pipes during the winter. Temperatures can drop to freezing or below during winter months. Therefore, you should put prevention methods in place before the cold weather arrives.

Frozen pipes can take hours to thaw, and because icy water expands, your pipes are at risk of bursting under these conditions. To keep your pipes warm and working smoothly throughout the winter, wrap pipes in insulation before it gets too cold outside.

Get Pipes Checked Regularly

A professional plumber knows how to check your plumbing system for any signs of potential leakage or other damage. Have your pipes and drains checked regularly. As a result, you’ll keep your home safe and in working order. It’s much easier to schedule a simple maintenance check to know if you need to replace pipe sections rather than dealing with the result of faulty or neglected pipes in the future.

Stay proactive about keeping your pipes and drains in working order throughout the year. Call Carefree Comfort Inc. today at 847-388-0115 to keep your plumbing working smoothly.

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