Call A Plumber: Mistakes That Can Damage Your Home’s Plumbing

 

Plumbing is one of the most neglected things at home. We don’t really think about it until something happens. While some plumbing mishaps are beyond our control, others are caused by our own carelessness.

Every home will encounter a plumbing problem at some point, may it be simple like a clog or something more serious like a flood. It is crucial to minimize these unfortunate incidents by how you handle problems when they occur, and how you fix your plumbing.

Using Drain Cleaners

Avoid the temptation of quickly reaching for chemicals when you’ve got a clogged drain, as they do more bad than good. Not only are they marginally effective, but also they are harsh and dangerous, causing chemical reactions that will cause cracks in your pipes.

These cleaners may rush through a plumbing job and may help in quick fixes, but it is never smart to rush any plumbing work no matter how pressured you may feel.

Treating The Toilet Like A Garbage Can

Not all “flushable” objects should be flushed down the toilet. Feminine hygiene products, wipes, paper towels, and other foreign objects will definitely cause clogs. Throw those away in proper trash bins.

Diagnosing A Problem By Yourself

If you’re not a plumber, then don’t do it yourself. Trying to fix the problem may only cause more problems. The right professionals for this job are plumbers. They can do it faster and more reliably than anyone else.

Using Drop In Toilet Fresheners

Drop-in toilet fresheners can be mess-free and easy for toilet cleaning, but they can also damage the internal parts of your toilet tank. When the tablet dissolves, the chemicals can cause wear out and corrosion. They can also get stuck in the flush valve that may prevent the toilet from flushing.

Not Replacing The Hoses

The hoses on your washing machine and dishwasher should be changed every five years, as they show no sign of wear and tear before they burst. Avoid potential flooding by replacing them, and if possible, use stainless steel on water lines.

Leaving Your Water Heater Not Replaced

Your tank water heater will last for 8-12 years, while tankless units will last for 20 years. Avoid the risk of a costly leak and a higher energy usage by replacing your heater by its expiration date. Signs to look for the underperformance of your water heater are a drop in water temperature and some strange knocking sounds.

To better avoid those mistakes that will lead to a more serious problem, call Shaul’s at 778-397-4850 to schedule an appointment with us.