Use a drain strainer to prevent small particles from sliding down your drain and causing clogs. Your kitchen sink strainer needs cleaning every time something big gets stuck in it. The ones in the bathroom can be cleaned out as needed.
Make sure that you clean your pipes with tools or chemicals so that they do not get clogged. This is particularly important for any drains or pipes that may be impacted by tree roots.
Do special checks on your sink overflow holes to ensure they are not becoming clogged. Overflow holes drain water if a sink begins to overfill, so they need to be clear at all times. As you routinely look for things needing attention, check to be sure that the overflow holes are clear and unblocked. To extend the life of your pipes, try to stay away from drain cleaners if you can. Their chemicals are extremely corrosive, and they may damage your pipes if used too often. Rather, if you have a blocked drain, consider having a professional plumber come out to diagnose the cause.
If you come across a pipe that is frozen, try to thaw it out by using a hairdryer. While the low heat levels a hair dryer provides may make the task take a while to complete, it’s less dangerous, and will help you avoid issues that would need the help of a plumber.