Plumbing problems can be frustrating and you might end up cursing your pipes for making them act up. Sometimes, we don’t realize how our plumbing is being affected by bad habits. These are some tips to help you maintain your plumbing.

Drain Cleaning

You can still block your drains even if you have the best plumbing habits. It might seem like you need to use chemical drain cleaners. However, these toxic chemicals can cause more harm than good to your plumbing system. A plunger or drain snake can be used to unclog a blocked sink.

You can add vinegar to the sink by pouring baking soda into it. This is what we have seen at science fairs. Baking soda and vinegar cause a chemical reaction. Continue adding vinegar until it stops.

Garbage Disposal

Sometimes it can be tempting just to toss anything into the garbage disposal. There are some foods that can cause serious damage and others that can actually help. Do not put grease, coffee grounds, or starchy items such as nuts and seeds, eggshells and tough meats in your garbage disposal.

Don’t pour things down your drain

Water should never go down the drain. But soap and shampoo can cause damage to drains. To prevent hair and other debris going down your drain, a drain cover is an excellent option. You only need to flush the toilet with toilet paper. Other items such as feminine hygiene products or paper towels can cause the toilet overflowing and clogging.

Stop Pipes Freezing Above

Winter can cause plumbing problems. You can cause problems with your plumbing by freezing pipes in winter. To keep the cold out, you can cover your pipes by using a cover. Keep your interior pipes from freezing by turning off the furnace.


Good plumbing habits are essential to avoid any serious damage to your plumbing system. Make sure your pipes are clear and don’t let garbage down your disposal.