The New Year is the best time to start new beginnings and say goodbye to bad habits. Having a properly functioning plumbing system throughout the year is ideal, but without routine maintenance and care, your plumbing is likely to act up. Make it a habit in the New Year to prepare for any plumbing crisis that may arise and prevent it from happening in the future.

Keep an eye out for leaks.

Inspect plumbing fixtures for leaks regularly. If you notice an unusual increase in your water bill, it might be a warning sign of a leak. While a minuscule leak may seem inconsequential, it can lead to further damage such as corrosion or further leaks. Rule out warning signs by looking for moisture accumulations such as peeling paint, water stains on walls, foul odors, or a dripping sound.

Be kind to your plumbing

Keep your plumbing system free of unnecessary debris such as plastic, metal, large food waste, grease, and oil. Tossing such waste can lead to blockage through clogs or backups. While you can easily fix clogs within your home’s drainage system, it can pose a threat to the wider public sewerage system.

Protect your sink drains

Food waste like cooked rice or pasta may feel soft and easily degradable within the disposal system; however, they contain starchy agents that easily clog pipes over time. To protect your pipes, make sure to dispose of solid foods and non-food items before washing dishes in the sink. A sink strainer or stopper can also help keep clog substances away from entering the drain.

Our best-selling Disposal Genie II is a drain-protecting must-have product! The Disposal Genie II has a unique design and works as both a sink stopper and strainer. It prevents waste from slipping down the drain to keep pipes free-flowing. Simply turn the strainer clockwise to fill the sink with water to soak dishes and turn counterclockwise to strain. Available in various colors such as Black, Aqua, Fuchsia, Grey, Green, Olive, and Red – it is sure to match your current interior style.

Another popular product, Danco 4-1/2 Stainless-Steel Kitchen Mesh Strainer, also works wonderfully to help prevent clogged drains. This sink strainer is ideal for placing in your kitchen sink drain to catch unwanted food particles and debris from flowing down your sink drain. The sink strainer basket catches debris while allowing the water to pass through, keeping the drain flowing freely.

Take care of your toilet

Just like one should dispense food waste in sink pipes, tossing anything but toilet paper into the toilet can cause clogs in the pipe system. Avoid flushing items like newspapers, diapers, wet wipes, feminine products, and clothing in your toilet. If a clog does occur in your toilet, try using the Trufusion Carefree Septic Treatment. It is a septic-safe drain clearing product that uses a specialized formula of premium biological enzymes to dissolve buildup caused by hair, grease, paper, organic matter, food, and soap scum. Using Carefree monthly will prevent a costly septic disaster.

If you notice your toilet has issues, put your DIY skills to the test and install a new toilet repair kit yourself instead of calling a professional! This easy DIY beginner-friendly project will establish your toilet to like-new condition and prevent future leaks or damage.

The  HYR460 Water-Saving Toilet Total Repair Kit with Dual Flush Valve combines two products that will increase your toilet’s efficiency and save water and money. It easily converts a standard toilet into a two-button, dual flush toilet. The HYR460 can be installed without tools and removing the tank. The Total Repair Kit can be calibrated to adjust the exact amount of water needed, detects leaks, and jets clean the tank.

The Danco High Performance Toilet Tank Repair Kit has everything you need to replace the Fill valve, Flapper, Ball Float Rod, and Ball Float. This toilet repair kit helps repair common toilet issues that cause water leaks. Repairing your toilet Fill Valve will save water and money on your water bill. This toilet repair kit will hold up in everyday use, and the basic design will fit most toilets.

Prevent clogs in your bathroom drains

Clogs and pipe backup in the shower make it impossible to enjoy a nice shower. Once a clog occurs, do not use your bathtub or shower until the plumbing issue is resolved to prevent further damage. CLEAR-IT Drain Opener and Water Jet is a great clog removal tool. It can be used as a drain snake and pipe cleaner to blast away clog quicks. You can install it by simply connecting it to a sink faucet or garden hose.

Hair Catchers and Shower strainers help prevent hair and unwanted debris from entering the tub drain. Danco offers a wide variety of hair catcher and shower straining products such as our Suction Cup Hair Catcher (1-Pack, 2-Pack), Hair Catcher Bathroom Tub Strainer in White (1-Pack, 3-Pack), Stand-Alone Shower Strainer and Bathroom Sink Hair Catcher (1-Pack, 2-Pack). Each drain strainer and hair catcher is uniquely designed to prevent hair and debris sneaking into drain ways, causing a plumbing disaster. In addition, Hair Catcher Baskets (3-Pack, 6-Pack) stop hair from going down the drain, thus eliminating the risk of clogs.

Plumbing emergencies can leave you questioning your very sanity. With the help of Danco, you can save yourself the headache and tackle the issues early to enjoy a stress-free New Year.