There’s no stopping the inevitable drain clog, but you can extend that time drastically by treating your pipes well. One way to do that is with a couple of plumbing products that will make it harder for your drains to become clogged.
Those two products are the garbage disposal and the water softener, and they’re available from an expert plumber in Riverside, CA. Keep reading and we’ll explain how they can protect your plumbing.
The Garbage Disposal
The primary purpose of a garbage disposal isn’t to protect your plumbing. Rather, it’s for the easy elimination of organic food waste. You flip on the switch, put the food bits down the drain, and it will grind it into a pulp. This severely reduces the amount of waste that goes into landfills, and that goes a long way toward cutting down on environmental damage.
But here’s why it works well to protect your plumbing, too:
Without one, you have to be very careful about everything you put down the drain. Otherwise, you risk creating a clog quite easily.
You’ll need to peel all your vegetables over paper bags, practice diligence about dumping all of your food in the trash before rinsing or washing the dishes, and you’ll have to use one of those mesh strainers to catch all the bits of food (by the way, you’re going to have to wash that out regularly before it starts to stink).
Even so, food is going to find its way in your drain every now and then. At least with a garbage disposal you’ll be able to break that food down so that it doesn’t become a severe clog later.
A garbage disposal helps prevent clogs by breaking down food waste. But that only covers the “human error” side of the equation. On the other end of the equation are clogging agents that come from the water supply itself.
What we’re talking about is hard water. If you haven’t heard the term before, hard water refers to water with a high concentration of minerals like magnesium and calcium. These minerals don’t dissolve so easily, and they end up traveling through the pipes of your plumbing system until they become separated in your water heater and in the joints of your pipes.
Hard water leaves behind a white, chalky substance called limescale. You’ve most likely seen it built up around your faucets and on the showerheads. If there’s enough on the outside that it’s visible, now imagine just how much is built up on the inside of your plumbing. It’s enough that it can clog and corrode your pipes over time.
A water softener exchanges those hard minerals for sodium, and in doing so, it “softens” the water. Softer water will stop soap scum from building up on your utensils and dishes, make your hair and skin feel better after a shower, and will go a long way in preventing clogs.