We’re used to water on demand in Bradenton, Florida, and take household plumbing for granted. It’s only when a toilet won’t flush, or there’s a frustratingly slow trickle from your tap, that you realize how vital plumbing is in everyday life. Plumbing problems inconvenience the whole family. Here are a few ways to help prevent major plumbing problems in your home:

Avoid Clogging Drains

One of the most common plumbing problems is a blocked drain. Bathroom drains can clog with hair or soap residue, while kitchen drains can accumulate gunk from cooking oil and grease.

Be diligent about using the garbage disposal for food waste, and use a sink strainer to catch any stray material. It’s also a good idea to occasionally pour boiling water down drains to melt grease or fats that may stubbornly cling to the pipes.

Inspect for Leaky Pipes

If you’ve noticed an increase in your water bill, you could have a leak. Minor leaks around faucets, shower heads and valves are easy to fix. However, slab leaks are a bigger concern, since they occur below the foundation and can eventually flood your property.

In an older home, the leak may stem from cracked or rusted pipes. Leaks from an average household can waste up to 10,000 gallons of water a year. Call a plumbing professional to perform a leak detection test to pinpoint the problem.

Clean the Sewer Line

In some cases, a blocked or slow-flowing drain is tied to a sewer line problem. The drains in your home all lead to the sewer system in Manatee County. Sometimes, the roots of trees damage pipes, or the sewer line has a buildup of debris or waste causing a blockage. In this instance, you’ll need to call the pros.

Most residents don’t give much thought to their home’s plumbing system until a problem arises. If you need plumbing repairs or want to schedule preventive maintenance, call Air & Energy today at 941-778-0773. Our plumbing professionals can help you prevent problems in the future.