Having a home repiping is no minor feat. Now that the new pipes are in place focus your attention on taking good care of them, so you do not have to go through the home repiping process again. Here are two ways you can extend the life of your new pipes and keep them in tip-top condition.
Avoid Drain Cleaning Chemicals
Just because there are fifty different brands and varieties of chemicals drain cleaners does not mean it is a good idea to use them in your home’s sinks. These caustic cleaners are designed to bust through tough clogs, but they may also slowly wear through your pipes over the years.
When a drain becomes clogged, try loosening the clog with a plunger. If that does not work, pour some boiling water down the drain, let it sit until it cools, and then try plunging the drain again. Call a local plumber to remove a touch clog rather than risking damage to your pipes with a chemical drain cleaner.
Install a Water Softener
The water in the Brooklyn area tends to be pretty “hard.” This means that it contains a high concentration of dissolved magnesium, calcium, and other minerals. These minerals slowly deposit on the inside walls of your pipes over the years, leading to clogs that can only be addressed by replacing the pipes.
A whole-home water softener is a device that removes minerals from the water as it flows through your water main and into your home. Your pipes will be protected from mineral buildup, and you will notice less limescale in your faucets, too.
As long as you avoid drain cleaners and install a water softener, your new pipes should serve you well for decades to come. To learn more about protecting your pipes from damage, contact Aladdin Plumbing today.