Considering the concept of preventative maintenance, most of us owned one or more cars before we bought our first house. From this, we have observed that a car owner who is serious about vehicle preservation will not keep driving after a certain amount of miles without taking in their car for an oil changed, because deposits build up in the engine, the oil stops lubricating properly, and the motor fails, often making repair as expensive as the vehicle itself.
We also know to brush our teeth. Today's diet is full of processed sugars, so we have to brush our teeth twice a day in order to avoid tooth decay, gingivitis or the need for expensive and painful oral surgery due to lack of proper dental hygiene. Now take this concept of preventative maintenance and apply it to the plumbing in your own home.
It always seems like the worst moment when a drain clogs and grey water fills up the sink or tub. Often saturated with decaying organic matter, a conglomerate of hair, grease, and or 'scum' is to blame. Left unattended, some time may pass before the sink is totally useless, a period where water drains at an increasingly slower rate. This will only increase the cost of repair when the plumber is finally called and the owner has to write a nasty check or incur large costs. If the clogged drain is not addressed properly or in a timely matter, water may also leak onto the floor that can lead to mildew, wood rot, and even toxic mold. This can all be avoided, of course, through proper, preventative drain cleaning.
Many commercial and consumer grade drain cleaners can be found at the local hardware store. They will have instructions that are generally user-friendly. However, you will need to take proper precautions to avoid the harsh chemical from touching your body or inhaling its toxic fumes.
Another option is to avoid exposure to harsh drain cleaners and have a licensed professional do the maintenance for you. However, you choose, it is important to act quickly and take the right method you feel comfortable with that will take care of the problem effectively and safely the first time. Failure to make a decision when it comes to preventative maintenance around the house can result in unsanitary conditions, unnecessary expensive repairs, and even a potential decrease in the value of your home.
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