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As a homeowner, you’re well-aware that each year, it’s going to cost you money to maintain your home. From the yard to the insulation, to the flooring, the windows, the HVAC system, the gutters, the plumbing and everything in between, the house has to be maintained for energy-efficiency and cost savings.

If you fail to maintain your home, things will break down and they’ll either need to be repaired or replaced before their time was due. No homeowner wants that! When it comes to your home’s plumbing system, one of the best ways to save money is to reduce your need to call a professional plumber.

One of the main reasons we get calls is clogged drains; grease buildup is one of the most common drain problems we see. You can greatly reduce the chances of a grease buildup by never pouring cooking grease down the drain. Instead, place the grease in a glass jar and dispose of it in the trash can. If you recently purchased a home and it’s not brand-new, the previous tenants or homeowners may have used and abused the kitchen sink by putting grease down the drain.

If your kitchen sink clogs regularly, it may be worth the expense to have a plumber clean out the drain. This way, you can put a stop to the problem and start anew.

Clogged Drains in the Bathroom

In the bathroom, many plumbing problems stem from hair. In order to prevent a clogged drain from hair, you can spend a few bucks and get some sort of a screen or drain cover from your nearest hardware or home improvement store. We recommend experimenting with different products until you find the ones you like the most. If you do end up calling a plumber, ask him for suggestions on preventing hair from getting into the drain. It’s much better to pull the hair off the screen every day or two than it is to have a clogged pipe.

Another preventable (and costly) issue is frozen pipes. If you have pipes that are not in heated spaces, be sure to insulate them. When the weather cools down in the fall, disconnect your garden hoses and drain them. Go inside, and turn-off the cut-off valve that’s located near the faucet. Then, go outside and open the faucet that’s located outside.

If your home isn’t equipped with a cutoff valve, you may want to have a plumber install one for you. If there is any water left in the pipes and it’s exposed to subzero temperatures, it’s going to freeze.

Looking for a plumber in Cedar Park? Contact Excalibur Plumbing today!