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A New Year’s resolution is a chance to reflect on last year’s resolution as well as seek new areas you can improve upon, so there is no better time to ask yourself what small steps you do to keep your home’s plumbing running smoothly. Whether to save money on repairs or save time unclogging, by performing some regular maintenance, you can get both done by following a few easy steps.

For one, you can be careful about what gets thrown down the drain or flushed down the toilet. As a general rule, only toilet paper should be flushed. Main sewer line backups are often caused by objects being flushed and can be especially expensive if a clog leads to a ruptured pipe. Not only does a lot of water move through it at a time, it goes underneath your yard, so it can affect a lot more than just pipes. When watching what you let go down the drain, avoid grease, bone bits, egg shells, coffee grounds, and toxic cleaning chemicals. All of these lead to clogs or are harsh on the inner lining of the pipe, leading to more broken pipes down the road.

Another easy plumbing step that makes a good resolution is to schedule your annual plumbing inspection now, so you don’t forget! Plumbing inspections help to catch problems early on as well as regulate the pressure in the plumbing system so that ruptured pipes are less likely. It may be a quick goal to achieve, but it will go a long way in keeping your homes’ plumbing in the clear.

So, give yourself a break, and add this easy New Year’s resolution to the list by following these simple plumbing steps, and save yourself some time and money this year in the process!