Proper Pipe Maintenance is Key

Taking good care of your pipes promotes greater efficiency, reliability, and longevity. Following conscientious practices now helps to prevent big problems down the road. If you’re hoping to avoid the major mess, expense, and disruption of tearing up walls and floors to re-plumb the house, Ray & Son Heating & Air Conditioning recommends proactive measures.

Here are three good habits for preserving your pipes:

  1. Maintenance – On your own, you can check for obvious signs of a problem, such as water stains, warping, discoloration, dripping sounds, bubbling paint, or musty smells. Take a look at exposed pipes under sinks and in the basement for any indication of dimpling, flaking, or corrosion. Give Ray & Son Heating & Air Conditioning a call for regular professional plumbing upkeep anywhere across Valdosta, Clyattville, Quitman, Hahira, Nashville, Adel, Lakeland, Eldorado, Tifton, Douglas, and Moultrie, GA. Our licensed plumbers complete intensive, annual troubleshooting to maximize sustainability and safety. We always answer our phones, arrive promptly, and uphold a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.
  2. Be careful about drain cleaners – Clogged pipes are a common problem. While proper drainage is essential to the lifespan of pipes, it’s best to follow safe procedures. Chemical drain cleaners include high acidity levels that are harsh on pipes and accelerate deterioration. Minor clogs can often be solved with a solution of baking soda and vinegar. Go ahead and pour this natural remedy down sinks and tubs once per month, then rinse with water. For serious clogs, reach out to Ray & Son Heating & Air Conditioning. Plungers can actually push the blockage deeper. Improper use or size of a snake can result in damage. We have the advanced tools, experience, and training to solve clogs effectively and without making matters worse.
  3. Don’t put everything down the drain – Use screens or filters over drains to stop particles or larger items from passing through and adhering to the inside of the pipe. Use your garbage disposal only for smaller items. There are things that cause imstoragete or cumulative problems for pipes and should never be put down the drain.
Here are a few to avoid:
  • Body oils
  • Cooking grease
  • Cooking oil
  • Cotton swabs
  • Drain cleaning chemicals
  • Eggshells
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • “Flushable” wipes
  • Food particles
  • Grease from meats
  • Mayonnaise
  • Melted candle wax
  • Pasta
  • Peanut butter
  • Rice
  • Salad dressing
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