DIY Tips to Spring Clean Your Pipes: What You Don’t Know Can Cost You Big!

With the cold and wet winter coming to an end, both residential and commercial buildings are looking to “Spring Clean” those pipes and avoid costly repairs. The average cost to dig up and repair damaged pipes is between $5,000-$7,000, according to the insurance association of America, but regular pipe maintenance will prevent or delays costly repairs. Even a tiny crack can unleash more than 200 gallons of water in a single day. ABACUS Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electrical is an award-winning service provider and one of Houston’s largest providers of plumbing repair and drain cleaning services.

ABACUS technicians are always on the road repairing pipes and assisting customers across the Houston area, but plumbers say the worst problems start when temperatures begin warming. Jose Parra, ABACUS Drain Department Manager, said: “One of the most common problems we see this time of year are leaks. When it comes to any plumbing or drain and sewer lines, it’s highly recommended that you only choose licensed and insured contractors that have an excellent rating on the Better Business Bureau and other popular, reputable websites like Angie’s List or Home Advisor.”

ABACUS offers the following DIY tips to “Spring Clean Those Pipes”:

Freshen up those pipes: Want to remove or prevent sewer odors from invading your drains? ABACUS technicians suggest using a natural bacterial drain cleaner to clear debris and build-up from all the drains in your home. If you have a “frequent clogger” take the time now to snake it and get rid of the problem. NEVER use those popular acid-based drain cleaning products. Instead, use a product that is both environmentally safe and friendly on the pipes, and your plumber. Those acid-based or harsh chemical products can cause pipes to crack or tear and create more issues.

Check the hoses and drains: Even small tears or swollen lines can mean big costs down the line. ABACUS technicians recommend checking the water supply lines to your washing machine, faucets, toilets, and other water-using appliances or fixtures. If you see bulges, tears, or leaks, replace the lines. Please remember to turn off the water before you start and don’t put tape around a leaky line once it heats up or cools, the hose will expand and cause pressure down the line, which can be very expensive.

Don’t shower in filth: Aside from making your shower head look dirty, these deposits can often times block the jet openings on the shower head, preventing it from producing the desired spray. ABACUS technicians suggest taking a gallon size zip lock bag with warmed vinegar inside and using a zip tie to secure it around the back of the shower head. Let it soak for 30 minutes. Remove the shower head from the vinegar, and wipe it off with a rag. If any tiny jets are still clogged repeat one more time.