When it comes to the health of your plumbing, preventative maintenance is the key. Whether it has to do with your home or place of business, a plumbing problem can bring things screeching to a halt.

As one of Los Angeles’ premier plumbing services, we’d like to offer 4 simple steps to ensure peak plumbing performance throughout the year. By following these tips, you’ll save time, avoid costly service calls, and extend the life of your system for years to come.

  1. If you’re not sure something should be flushed, you’re better off not flushing it. Certain items, such as feminine hygiene products, cotton swabs, or cotton balls, should never be flushed. They won’t break down over time and can clog up your pipes.
  2. A great way to prevent clogs is to install an inexpensive hair catcher. Just place it over the drains in your showers and bathtubs. They’ll catch anything that’s too big to break down in the pipes, and you don’t have to worry about using chemicals that will inevitably eat through your plumbing system.
  3. For the most part, Southern California enjoys consistently pleasant weather. But on the off chance that things get chilly, you’ll want to make sure your pipes are insulated. If the temperature just drops below freezing, the pipes freeze. By using pipe insulation sleeves, you’ll just need to cut and wrap them around the most exposed pipes, and you’re good to go.
  4. Garbage disposals are designed to break down food, but not necessarily all foods. Certain things should be avoided, such as grease, bones, fibrous foods like potato peels and carrots, and foods like pasta and rice that increases in size when exposed to water.