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How To Keep Your Plumbing System Running Efficiently

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Plumbing problems tend to occur at the most inconvenient times. One small issue can escalate into something bigger, which can throw off your entire routine and require professional help from a plumbing company. 

However, there are proactive steps you can take to keep your plumbing system running efficiently. Keep reading for five things you should do regularly to avoid common plumbing problems.


Clean your drains regularly to avoid getting clogged. 

Incorporate drain cleaning into your maintenance routine to prevent debris buildup and ensure smooth water flow through your pipes. Hair, soap scum, food particles, and other substances can accumulate over time, leading to slow drainage and blockages. 

There are many ways to unclog a drain yourself. You can purchase tools like drain snakes. A drain snake, also known as a plumber’s snake or auger, is a versatile tool that maneuvers through pipes to break up and remove congestion.

You can also pour a mixture of baking soda and vinegar down the drain. When combined, baking soda and vinegar create a fizzy reaction that breaks down organic matter and eliminates unpleasant odors. This process is an effective, natural solution to clear clogged drains without resorting to harsh chemicals that can erode pipes and cause significant damage. 

By making drain cleaning a regular part of your home maintenance routine, you can avoid the frustration and inconvenience of dealing with clogged drains in the future.


Be mindful of the food waste you are putting in your garbage disposal. 

Using your garbage disposal as a catch-all for food scraps is tempting. However, this mindset can lead to costly repairs and potential damage to your plumbing system. 

Fibrous foods like celery can wrap around the disposal blades, while starchy items such as pasta and rice will expand when they come into contact with water, leading to potential obstructions. Additionally, grease, oil, and coffee grounds can create sticky residues that adhere to the interior of the pipes, further increasing the likelihood of clogs. 

Be mindful of what you put into your garbage disposal to prevent the need for expensive maintenance and ensure the longevity of your kitchen plumbing system.


Only flush toilet paper down the toilet. 

It’s the golden rule of plumbing: only flush toilet paper. Flushing non-biodegradable items poses a risk to your pipes and the environment.

Paper towels, wipes, and feminine hygiene products do not break down like toilet paper. Even products labeled as “flushable” should not be flushed. They have the potential to cause blockages and back up your pipes. 

The last thing you want to deal with is a clogged or overflowing toilet, so always follow the golden rule of plumbing. 


Check your pipes for any noticeable signs of leaks or corrosion. 

Regularly inspecting your plumbing pipes for signs of leaks or corrosion is a proactive measure that can save you from a burst pipe that could cause water damage and lead to costly repairs. 

Take the time to examine exposed pipes under sinks, behind appliances, and in the basement or crawl space. Look for signs of a hidden leak, such as water stains, dampness, or mold growth.

Inspect the pipes for any signs of corrosion, such as rust or a greenish discoloration, which may indicate deterioration over time. By catching leaks or corrosion early on, you can address the issue promptly and prevent pricey plumbing repairs. 


Call Black Diamond Plumbing & Mechanical for all your residential plumbing needs. 

At Black Diamond Plumbing & Mechanical, we don’t just provide service, we restore normalcy when you need it most. Whether it’s routine maintenance or a full-fledged emergency, you deserve fast service and lasting solutions.

With over 25 years of experience, our skilled team of plumbers is well-equipped to handle any challenge. Our live customer service team is available 24/7, allowing us to address your plumbing problems promptly with minimal disruption to your life. So call us today at 815-444-0979

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