As your go-to plumber, Whipple Service Champions has years of experience with every potential plumbing issue in your home. We’ve dealt with everything from basic drain clogs to a full-on overhaul of a septic system, and there’s no issue that our team can’t handle.

Many plumbing issues, however, can be prevented before you ever need to call professionals like us. Here are some of the basic tactics you can take around the home to ensure that it’s a long time before your next major plumbing problem.

Toilet Care

The toilet is for waste and toilet paper – nothing else. Not paper towels, napkins, feminine hygiene products, cotton balls, or anything else. It’s common for many people, especially children, to assume a toilet drain can handle just about anything. In reality, a bunch of foreign items down the drain is the quickest way to generate a costly clog.

Sink and Garbage Disposal

Like the toilet, there are items meant for the garbage disposal in your sink. However, there is plenty that is not meant for day-to-day disposal. The range is a bit more flexible here: Most good garbage disposals can handle at least a decent range of food scraps or other soft items. However, they should be free of larger or thicker items, and of liquids like oil or fats, which can cause hardening in the drain. Make sure to use the garbage disposal often, as long as it’s being used correctly – failing to do so can create buildups, clogs, and a foul stench.


Cleaning products are great in various plumbing areas, but be sure not to overuse them. Many products can cause corrosion in the drain, which can damage pipes over time. This can interfere with your septic tank’s operations if they build up or erode parts of your system.

Outdoor Plumbing Service

If you’re working on any other part of the home, be wary of plumbing that might be in your way. Pipes are usually behind walls, so if you are drilling or nailing, be sure to check pipe locations first.

Want to learn more about preventive maintenance, or any of our other plumbing service solutions? Speak to the experts at Whipple Service Champions today.