The ability of your home's exterior drains to function properly is just as important as the ability of your interior plumbing to be free-flowing. Drain pipe clogs inside and outside your home can cause interior moisture damage that leads to interior mold and mildew growth. Here are some recommendations to make sure your home's interior and exterior plumbing and drainage systems are kept well maintained for a home free of moisture leaks and pipe backups.
Clear Interior Plumbing Clogs
Taking care of your plumbing involves continually using your plumbing properly and cleaning the drains periodically. If you have a kitchen garbage disposal, only use it for rinsing dishes after you have scraped the majority of food scraps into the trash. And don't place harmful materials into the disposal, such as egg shells, fibrous vegetables and peelings, or animal oils and fats.
Use hair traps in the bathroom sink and shower drains to collect and prevent hairs from clogging the drains. When the drains begin to flow slowly, remove the drain plug and pull out any visible debris caught in its opening, and use a drain cleaner to clean out buildup inside the pipe.
For more serious clogs deeper in your plumbing line, use a plumbing auger or snake to clear the clog. If your plumbing auger does not reach the blockage, a professional plumber can clear it with their professional-length auger. And if they need to inspect the interior of your plumbing line, they can do so with their remote access video camera. A video inspection is helpful in determining if your sewer line is failing due to age, cracks, or collapse, or if it is becoming clogged with tree roots.
Clean Gutters and Downspouts
Just as you take care of your home's interior plumbing, it is similarly necessary to make sure the drainage from your roof to the ground around your home is working as it should. Clogged drain pipes and gutters can lead to excessive moisture falling and pooling around the foundation of your home. This can lead to a damp basement and wet crawlspaces.
Experts recommend you should clean out your gutters at least two times each year and as often as four times per year, depending on the number and type of trees in your yard. Coniferous, or pine trees, growing in your yard will shed their needles all year long, requiring more frequent cleaning of your rain gutters.
Clean out your own gutters with a garden hose while safely on your rooftop. Use the spray to dislodge the debris buildup that can commonly settle inside your gutters. Also use the hose to ensure any blockages in your downspouts are remedied.
Clear downspouts are just as important as the gutters to prevent soil saturation around your foundation. When the downspouts back up with water, the excess will flow into your gutters and over their edges. When a blockage occurs in your downspouts and will not become free when you spray water down the spout with your garden hose, your professional plumber can clear it from the downspout with a plumbing auger without causing damage to the pipe.
Maintain Trees Around Your Home
Keeping your yard trees trimmed can help prevent excessive roof debris from falling into your gutters and downspouts—especially if the trees hang over your home, come in contact with its roof, or grow next to your home's exterior.
Safely climb a ladder to access the trees around your home to trim back branches so they don't hang over or touch your home. When a tree touches your roof or home's side, it can cause damage over time in addition to dropping excessive debris. Hiring a tree trimming professional is also helpful for completing this task without putting yourself at risk of fall or injury.
To learn more, contact a company like Calhoun Plumbing.