How to Extend the Life of Your Plumbing System

Sacramento PlumberYour home consists of several complex operating systems. Your plumbing is one of those systems. To keep it operating smoothly and efficiently, you must perform maintenance tasks and you should install support systems. Most importantly, you and the other occupants of your home should only flush items that are supported by your plumbing system.

Be Careful About What You Flush

Only flush toilet paper and human waste. Do not flush disposable diapers, paper towels, fats, grease, oil, coffee grinds, food scraps, feminine hygiene products and condoms down your toilet. Your food disposal is designed for food only, not grease.

Little known products that should never be flushed are prescription medications, cotton swabs, dental floss, Band-aids and cat litter. All these items have been known to cause clogs in the plumbing or to destroy the natural bacteria needed to break down waste normally flushed into the septic system.

Chemical Dilemmas

Medications can pollute the groundwater by tainting it with the chemicals in its makeup. Those chemicals can also kill bacteria needed to break down the waste. The effects of medications on the environment and wildlife has not been measured, but as you can imagine it could have a monumental impact if more households began flushing medications that make their way into the groundwater.

Cat Litter often contains clay and sand which should not be washed into a sewer or septic system with other waste water. This waste water will also contains the parasites and toxins from the cat’s waste. Obviously, this is not an additive we would want in our water system.

Band-aids, cotton swabs and dental floss all contain non-biodegradable elements, which when flushed can get entangled with other waste and cause clogs. You should only flush biodegradable elements down the toilet, because the waste system is delicately balanced by bacteria that breaks down biodegradable waste into minute particles.

When this indigestible waste is not in the water, the wastewater that goes into the sewage system can be treated and repurposed for agricultural use or biogas generation.

VentingSacramento Plumbing Inspection

Another element to a properly functioning plumbing system is good venting. A system with the right venting from each appliance keeps sewer gases from accumulating in your pipes and leaking into your home. It also lets much needed air into your plumbing pipes allowing for the breakdown of waste. A plumbing venting system is essential element in a well-functioning plumbing system.

Regardless of whether you use a septic system or the local sewage system, you need to be aware of what you’re flushing down the toilet or placing in your garbage disposal. Preventing clogs is the best way to extend the life of your plumbing.

Add regular maintenance and you’ll eliminate naturally occurring problems by Rotor routing your system monthly. The last step is to install a good venting system for your plumbing. When all these elements are combined you should have very few problems with your plumbing and it should be a long-lived plumbing system.

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