By Platinum Team May 13, 2014

How to Clean and Maintain Your Plumbing Fixtures

The first and most important thing to note when it comes to plumbing is that, the less that goes down a drain (aside from water, obviously), the fewer clogs you will experience.  One way you can avoid unwanted things (like hair and debris) from going down the drain is with a drain screen.  Drain screens can be used in the kitchen sink, bath tub and shower and are a great preventive measure to protect plumbing.  Never allow hair to accumulate or intentionally wash hair down the drain because hair is one of the most common causes of clogs with drains.  The next way to protect your plumbing is with some things you probably already have in your pantry.  Skip the harsh, chemical cleaners that can actually damage your pipes and get out your vinegar and baking soda.  No, it is not time to cook something, it is time to naturally clean your plumbing.  First, sprinkle baking soda down the drain.  Then, pour about a cup of vinegar down your drain, wait approximately ten minutes, and then pour hot water down the drain.  The vinegar and baking soda will help remove buildup and prevent clogs from forming.  Another wonderful use of vinegar is for your plumbing fixtures.  If you notice buildup or clogs with your faucets or showerhead, fill a plastic bag with vinegar, attach the bag to the faucet or showerhead with a rubber band, wait an hour or two, remove the bag and turn on the faucet or showerhead to flush away the clogs.  The vinegar will have broken down the buildup, allowing the water to flow freely.     It is truly amazing what common household items like vinegar are capable of doing!  Vinegar can be used to clean just about anything!  It is incredibly important to regularly maintain plumbing and not ignore growing problems.  If you notice you have a slow drain, do not ignore it!  The clog will only grow and cause bigger problems.  Often, a slow drain can be cleaned easily when first noticed, but if you allow the clog to grow, it may be necessary to bring in the professionals.  A home warranty can protect you in case your plumbing does experience problems.  Do not panic when you have a problem, wondering what plumber to hire, who you can trust and who will properly fix the problem.  A home warranty company, such as Platinum Home Warranty, will handle hiring a reliable and trustworthy plumber and protect your home.]]>