• Easy Tips for Preventing Plumbing Problems

    Preventative plumbing maintenance is a lot less expensive than calling a plumber. There are a variety of checks and light maintenance work you can perform regularly to help save money in the long run. Here are some tips and tricks you can use to prevent costly plumbing problems in the future:

    Bathroom Sink

    • Improve water pressure by cleaning the aerator at the tip of your sink faucet. Most aerators unscrew (you might have to use a wrench) and can easily be taken apart for cleaning. Use an old toothbrush to gently scrub the parts till they are free of mineral build up and then reassemble.
    • Install a drain strainer in your sink. Even if you have to call a plumber to do it, it’ll save you time and money in the long run by preventing hair & other foreign objects from entering the drain pipe. It’s difficult for a sink to clog if there’s nothing to clog it!
    • Check your faucet and the drain pipe beneath the sink for signs of leaks on a weekly basis. Leaks not only waste water, but also damage property if left unfixed for extended periods of time.


    • Like any other plumbing fixture, toilets leak as well. Put a few drops of red food coloring into the tank and wait half an hour to check the toilet bowl. If you see any hints of red in the bowl, the tank is leaking. If it is, some in-tank replacements might need to be made (usually the ball or the flapper).
    • Don’t EVER use your toilet like a trash can! Excess toilet paper is bad enough, but when cotton balls, q-tips, tissues, or other hygiene products are added to the mix, you are literally asking for an extensive and potentially expensive pipe blockage.

    Tub & Shower

    • Check that tub drain stoppers are sealing properly. Fill your tub with some water and mark the water level, then come back later to see if and/or how much the water level has fallen.
    • Outfit your tub/shower drain with a strainer to help catch hair and soap chips. This will vastly reduce the likelihood of blockages or clogs in the drain pipe.
    • Protect & clean showerheads that have become clogged or unsightly with mineral deposits. Flush the head with water and let soak overnight in vinegar to loosen mineral buildup. Then flush with water again in the morning and re-attach.

    If you regularly follow these few simple tips you could save yourself some cash and a call to your local plumber. Unfortunately, good things don’t last forever though – if you discover a plumbing issue during your regular maintenance work, don’t hesitate to call Cartwrights. Our experienced plumbers are friendly & happy to help with any plumber problem you may experience 24/7. Reach them at (505)-216-2507.


Comments (8) Post a Comment
Sarah Smith more than a year ago.
My family just moved into a new home, and I want to take good care of the plumbing. I appreciate the advice you give about installing a drain strainer to stop foreign objects from entering the drain. Something else to do is to get a plumber that is available 24/7, so that you can get help no matter the time. http://www.silverdaleplumbing.com/services reply
Jade Brunet 9 months ago
It is good to know that one should check to see that tub drain stoppers are sealing properly when trying to avoid plumbing problems. I like what was said about filling the tub and coming back after a period of time to check the water level. I have heard that it is not always a good idea to put harmful chemicals down the drain when trying to unclog it. Seeking help from a professional would be the safest way to solve a problem like this. http://www.thompsonplumbingnc.com reply
mushiii 9 months ago
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Jimmy 9 months ago
It makes sense that I would want to keep an eye on my drains! If I notice anything fishy going on with them, I’ll be sure to hire a plumber to solve the problem! Jimmy http://executivepd.com reply
Jimmy 8 months ago
This is some great information, and I appreciate your suggestion to keep an eye on your drains and treat them regularly. Jimmy http://executivepd.com reply
Theodore W. 5 months ago
Hi! I just moved in recently into a new apartment, and I'm just starting and just learning to live independently. there are some common problems like leaks in the bathroom or in the kitchen, and right now I'm enlightened and already got an idea how to fix things. Thank You for the tips! http://www.garabedianplumbing.com/plumbing reply
Taylor Bishop 3 months ago
Thanks for these preventative tips for plumbing problems. I didn't know that it could be good to check the drain pipe underneath the sink every week. It definitely sounds like it could be good to have a reminder set so you don't forget this, especially if it can help identify problems early on so they can be fixed quickly. http://www.powderriverheating.com/plumbing-service-repair/ reply