Tip: Install a tee on the pipe before it transitions to a horizontal run. Have the leg of the tee pointing down. Cap off the end or put a full flow ball valve on the end of the nipple. It will serve a couple of purposes. First, it will help trap debris in the line before it jams your air tools. Second, it will act as a water drain.
It is inevitable that hoses and valves that have been there a while will have a buildup of calcium carbonate. It is a chalky material that you usually see on shower stalls.
You will want to flush out any dirt and debris that remains in the piping system to avoid clogged sprinkler heads. Turn on the water supply and run for a few minutes to clear the pipes.
You should be ready to handle plumbing problems that might happen to your place. No house is immune from those issues, no matter how well made they are.
Unfortunately, if you have hard water, this junk in the form of scale and sediment form fairly quickly and need to be drained every few weeks. You need to put this task on the calendar (you do have a calendar?) so time doesn’t slip away. Nearly all hot water heaters have a drain near the bottom of the tank. Using a standard garden hoe, drain off several gallons of water that should be loaded with the aforementioned junk. When you eventually replace the water heater, look for a model that has a device built-in that reduces the volume of sediment that builds up.
Invest in a drain snake to save money on Plumbing house calls. You will avoid the cost of buying expensive drain cleaners. A drain snake should not be used by someone who is inexperienced, so ask a plumber to show you the right way to use it. Ensure that you purchase a snake that properly fits your drain.
To avoid hair from accumulating and clogging pipes. Use fine mesh strainers in every drain where hair is washed. Fine mesh strainers can catch the hair and still permit the shower, tub or sink to drain and are also useful in the kitchen to catch and stop little food debris from going down the drain.
Do not pour grease and oil down your drains. Cooking grease will build up in your pipes and could cause back-ups. Keep grease and oil in a container in your fridge and throw it in the trash when it is full. Avoid clogging your pipes with any products containing oil or grease.