The most common plumbing issues can be the most easily avoidable. By taking the following steps to avoid these issues, you are saving a whole lot of money and time, as you will be greatly reducing the chances of needing emergency plumbing repairs in the future.
Washing Scraps and Cooking Oils Down Your Kitchen Sink.
You might think, ‘what’s the harm in washing a few grains of rice or a couple of food scraps down the drain, or pouring a little bit of oil down the sink?’. By doing this, you are inviting a drain blockage into your home with open arms. It might seem harmless at the time, but each time you do this, you are making it all the more easy for a blockage to arise.
Flushing Unnecessary Items Down the Toilet
Items such as wet wipes, sanitary items and even kitchen paper towels, can cause major pipe issues that can become very costly to repair. Even the latest ‘flush-able’ wet wipes are no different, and should be avoided at all costs. Keep a bin by every toilet in your home so there is no excuse for anyone to feel the need to flush these, you’ll be glad you made this decision. Toilet tissue and bodily waste are the only things that should be flushed down the toilet!
Not Cleaning Hair from Shower Drains
It might not seem necessary, but we lose up to 100 hairs per day, and a lot of that is coming out when we are showering. This isn’t completely avoidable, but by clearing any hair left in the drain, you are doing your home a favor by avoiding this hair to clog up your pipe work. There are also drain strainers you can purchase for a few dollars that do an even better job of filtering out any hair washed down the drain, and almost completely eliminate the amount of hair washing down the drain.
Using Supermarket Chemicals to Clear Clogged Drains
The chemical drain cleaners you use can clear minor clogs, however, they may be doing more harm than good. These chemicals are made to eat away at whatever is causing the clog in your drain, but this means it will also start to eat away at your pipes and cause major damage.
Ignoring Leaks or Drips
So, you have a minor drip – nothing you need to deal with immediately, right? Wrong. If left unrepaired, a minor leak in your pipes can develop major damage over time, or worst-case scenario, the pipe could eventually burst. This means that tiny little drip will eventually become a big problem, meaning it is going to cost you a whole lot more to repair! A small leak, can also waste more water than you think, and in this day and age, we need to be doing all we can to prevent water waste.
Which of these habits are you most guilty of doing? The team at The Plumbing Life Saver can help ensure your home is free of plumbing issues.
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