8 Things Your Plumber Wants You to Avoid

Your toilet is clogged again, and it seems to be your fault. Oops…It appears “flushable” wipes aren’t flushable after all! Unfortunately, that’s just one of the many common mistakes most homeowners make. To avoid any clogging, breakdowns or flooding in the future, below are what plumbers think are the biggest mistakes you’re making, and how to avoid them. Plumbing Repair San Antonio
1. Using Chemical Drain Cleaners
Using chemicals to clear or open drains is a very common mistake. The chemical drain cleaners usually don’t get the job all the way done, and they are also very dangerous and harsh for you to handle. They can cause eye, nose and throat damage if not handled carefully. Chemical drain cleaners can also ruin your drain pipes along with the equipment you are using to remove the clog. To prevent any future clogs, make sure to keep things that will clog your drains such as hair and grease out of your toilets and sinks.
2. Treating the Toilet Like a Garbage Can
Even when feminine hygiene items, toilet scrubbers, personal cleaning wipes, cat litter or make-up remover pads are labeled as “flushable,” don’t throw them in the toilet. These items are not disintegrated quickly enough, and they will ultimately clog and block your drains.
3. DIY Plumbing Problems
When you encounter a plumbing problem, don’t try to diagnose it and fix it yourself. It’s also not recommended that you hire a handyman to fix any plumbing issues. Professional plumbers can diagnose and correct any problem faster than an amateur, which will ultimately end up saving you money.
4. Not Knowing Where Your Main Water Valve Is
Make sure you know the exact location of the main water valve and every emergency shut-off valve in your home. It’s also important that you know how to turn off these valves, so you’re prepared in the case of any emergency. If you don’t know where they are or how to shut them off, you need to contact a plumber. They can help you locate them and teach you how to shut them off, as well as make sure they are in proper working order.
5. Using Drop-in Toilet Fresheners
You may like the blue water in your toilet bowl and feel that these fresheners are keeping your bathroom clean, but it’s time to ditch them. These toilet fresheners usually have chemicals that can damage working parts inside your tank. Also, when these tablets are disintegrated, they can obstruct your flush valve, meaning that your toilets won’t flush properly.
6. Forgetting to Replace the Hoses
Water hoses are not prone to giving you warnings before they burst, so it’s best to change out the rubber hoses on dishwashers and washing machines every five years to avoid potential flooding. When the time comes to replacing them, stainless steel tubes are recommended for all water lines.
7. Having an Outdated Water Heater
Though they do last a while, your water heater won’t last forever. The average lifespan of a heater is around ten years. When your heater is nearing the end of its lifespan, you need to start thinking about replacing it, so it doesn’t fail and flood at the worst possible time, such as on the coldest day of the year or when you’re on vacation.
8. Overloading the Garbage Disposal
It’s best to treat your garbage disposal with kindness. Avoid putting in fibrous food such as celery, and don’t pour in grease or oil, as it will solidify and clog the drain. Don’t fill it with a large amount of garbage all at once, but feed it slowly and make sure the cold water is always running.

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