Your Plumber Probably Wishes You Already Knew These 8 Things
If you find that your sink is clogged for the fifth time this year, there’s a good chance that you’re doing something wrong. While plumbing issues are virtually inevitable from time to time, there are a number of things you should and should not do that can reduce the likelihood or frequency of plumbing issues in your home.
In this blog post from Pacific Coast Plumbing Co., we’ll go over several list of several things you should do and should not do in your home that could potentially save you hundreds (or thousands) of dollars in plumbing repairs.
Tips for Keeping your Home’s Plumbing in Good Working Order
Your plumber is someone you should be able to count on to provide prompt and reliable service in the event of a leak, clog, or any other plumbing-related issue. In addition to providing their services, good plumbers will share tips and advice with you as to how to prevent future plumbing issues around your home. While there are some unscrupulous plumbers out there may try to benefit from potentially increased business by withholding useful plumbing tips from customers, good plumbers have no qualms about sharing do’s and don’ts with that can make their jobs easier. Without further adieu, Pacific Coast Plumbing Co. lists the top “Do’s” and “Don’ts” of home plumbing maintenance.
There are several things you might be doing in your home on a daily that you might not even realize are likely to cause plumbing issues. Here are 4 things your plumber wishes you’d stop doing immediately:
Don’t use chemicals to clean your drain
Many people pour drain cleaning fluids like Drano down their pipes at the first sign of a clog. Not only are these often ineffective at clearing drains, these drain cleaners contain harsh chemicals that are dangerous if they get on your skin or in your eyes and can damage drain pipes and equipment used to unclog them.
Don’t use your toilet like garbage disposal
Toilets should not be used to dispose of feminine hygiene products, cat litter (even if it’s labeled “flushable”), or just about anything else other than the obvious. These types of things do not disintegrate quickly and can clog your drain pipe.
Don’t attempt DIY plumbing fixes
Generally speaking, anything that requires more expertise than using a plunger or drain snake should be left to professionals with the right training and equipment to do the job right.
Don’t wash grease, oil, and hair down the drain
Hair, grease, and oil are notorious for causing drain pipes to clog up.
On the other hand, there are several simple things you could do that can prevent clogs, leaks, and even flooding. Here are 4 things your plumber probably wishes you’d do immediately (if you’re not already)
Do put a screen filter over major drains
Putting a screen over the the drain hole in your kitchen and bathroom sinks can keep hair and large objects out of your pipes where they are likely to accumulate and cause blogging.
Do know where the main water shut-off valve is
Knowing there the main water valve is (and how to shut it off) is very helpful in the event of an emergency.
Do remember to replace water hoses
To lessen the chances of an old hose bursting without warning, it is advisable to replace the hoses connected to your dishwasher and washing machine every five years.
Do have old galvanized piping replaced
Until the early 1970s, pipes made of galvanized steel were commonly used for water supply piping in homes and buildings. These old pipes have proven to be very problematic, with leaks, corrosion, and water supply issues among the most frequent issues. Repiping your home by replacing galvanized pipes with newer PEX, PVC-CPVC, or copper pipes can dramatically reduce the amount of plumbing issues your home experiences.
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