Dealing with plumbing issues can be a stressful and taxing situation. From trying to snake your drain or unclog toilets to figuring out the source of that smell or leak, plumbing can be a complex issue that no one enjoys facing. Sometimes plumbing issues arise for no reason at all, but there are certain habits that can cause plumbing issues to happen more often. If you are looking to avoid or break these habits, read on!
Overusing Chemical Drain Cleaners
Everyone loves grabbing a quick bottle of drain cleaner to get rid of those pesky clogs, but did you know that using these products too often can actually do more harm than good? The occasional use will not cause large issues, but if you begin to use the products too often, you can cause issues like pipe corrosion, sewage blockage or even clog buildup. Make sure you limit your use of these products, and if you feel like you are constantly needing them, it may be time to call your plumber.
Flushing Anything & Everything
Just because something seems small enough to be flushed, does not mean it should. Similarly, things labeled ‘flushable’ may not always be ideal to flush down your toilet. Make sure the only things you are flushing down your toilet are human waste and toilet paper; anything else can result in sewage buildup and issues down the road.
One really bad habit that you should break is ignoring small leaks. You may notice a tiny leak and think nothing of it, but ignoring leaks is the best way to ensure they become worse. The longer you leave a leak, the more damaging it will become. Unfortunately, this damage appears in more ways than one. Not only will you have a mess on your hands, but your water bill will also suffer and your pipes have a heightened risk of bursting.
Overusing Your Garbage Disposal
We may think that our garbage disposals can handle anything, but really we should be mindful about what we allow down our kitchen drains. Any food that is hard or swells with water, as well as oil, should never be put down the drain. These items can cause an excessive buildup or corrosion of pipes and disposal parts.
Becoming Your Own (Untrained) Plumber
While it is tempting to fix our own plumbing mistakes, trying to repair leaks yourself or solving other issues via YouTube videos is not the best idea. To ensure the job is done right and avoid any further damage, make sure you hire an experienced plumber. Trust us, it will save you money in the long run.
Are you facing plumbing issues that are out of your control? Give Roto-Rooter a call today at (251) 479-9454!