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How to Prevent Plumbing Clogs without Wasting Water
Green plumbing is catching public awareness fast as people seek ways to save on money and increase the energy efficiency of fixtures and appliances in the home. Yet conventional plumbing maintenance goes against environmentally friendly goals when gallons of water are involved in clearing clogged drains of showers, tubs, and sinks.
Adopting a green approach with our plumbing systems can prove effortless and cost effective. Using cold rather than hot water to wash dishes, clothes, and hands can go a long way at saving the energy that is otherwise invested in heating up water. The best way to save on water when faced with emergency clogs is prevent them from the start.
Hair, grease, fats, soap scum and other debris often runs down drains and accumulate inside pipes. Slow draining sinks, toilets, showers and tubs signal blocked drains that occur when debris buildup grows in size and restricts water flowing through. The easiest and no cost method to repair a blocked drain is avoid the clog all together.
Strainers are your first line of defense against blocked drains. Covering drain openings of plumbing fixtures with strainers will prevent debris from running down the drainpipe. Strainers catch hair, soap and other debris while letting liquids pass through. Strainers need to be cleaned from debris on a regular basis to allow them to perform their function adequately.
Conventional maintenance instructs drain flushing on a monthly basis. Gallons of hot water are poured down the drain to flush the pipe from small buildups. Although effective this method wastes gallons of water and might prove inappropriate to perform in times when worldwide water is scarce.
The green alternative to keeping clean drains without wasting gallons of water is also cost effective in terms of your water bills. Bicarbonate and vinegar can be used to relief clogged sink drains. Simply pour vinegar down the blocked drain and follow with baking soda until foam bubbles up. Let the froth reside before flushing the pipe with only a small amount of boiling water. Stubborn clogs may require leaving the solution in the drain overnight before flushing with boiling water.
The bicarbonate and vinegar solution can also be used to clean sinks, toilets, showers and tubs because the more of this solution running in drains, less likely clogs will attack plumbing pipes. Plumber Washington DC recommends trying green maintenance to save on money, water and energy.