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Tips From Plumbers to Prevent Plumbing Problems

February 17th, 2017 by gtowsley Leave a reply »



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Plumbing problems are terrible to deal with. It takes time, patience, and money to restore things to normal working order. The best line of defense against plumbing problems is prevention. Avoiding plumbing problems by preventing them in the first place will help save you money, time, and stress. Here are some tips plumbers wish their customers knew about preventing plumbing problems.

#1 Drains are Not Trashcans

A clogged drain is one of the most common plumbing problems out there. Most clogged drains are preventable.  One of the leading causes of a clogged drain, is improper usage of drains, or treating drains like trashcans. The truth of the matter is that drains are meant to dispose of waste water and that’s about it. When other items like trash make it into the drain they can get stuck and form obstructions that prevent the proper flow of water. When it comes to preventing plumbing problems, one of the best things you can do is to watch what goes down the drain. Never put trash, grease, chemicals, paint, plastic, glass, large food particles, or hair down the drain.

#2 Liquid Drain Cleaner

When it comes to clogged drains, many are quick to reach for the liquid drain cleaner. Unfortunately, liquid drain cleaner usually does not resolve the problem. While it may temporarily clear a drain, usually the problem will resurface. When it comes to a clogged rain, proper drain cleaning done by a professional is your best bet. Not only will professional drain cleaning alleviate the clogged drain, but also help protect your plumbing system and your health from the harmful chemicals in liquid drain cleaning. If your drains are prone to clogging, one of the best things you can do for your drains is regular drain cleaning

#3 DIY

While some things it may be a good idea to DIY, other things like a major plumbing repair you might want to leave to the professionals. A botched DIY attempts could end up

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causing more damage and cost more money to fix. To protect your home from and even bigger plumbing problem, please call a professional. You really aren’t saving any money by failing at a DIY attempt.

#4 Garbage Disposal

Aside from watching what goes down the drain you should also make sure you are not overworking your garbage disposal by putting too much in it. Garbage disposals are designed to chop of waste particles into smaller bits so that they don’t cause clogs, however garbage disposals have their limits. Avoid putting things that don’t go down the drain in your garbage disposal, and always run small loads with running water to prevent plumbing problems.

#5 Pay Attention to the Age of Your Water Heater

Not knowing the age of your water heater can set you up for disaster when you least expect it. Traditional tank storage water heaters are designed to last around 10 years, give or take a little. What this means is that if you don’t know how old your water heater is you could be unknowingly reaching the end of your water heaters lifespan. When a water heater goes out it could cause all kinds of plumbing problems; flooding, leaks, discolored water… It is important to prepare yourself mentally, physically, and financially for when you water heater goes out, as replacing your water heater can be a costly event.

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