There are a lot of things that can go wrong with your plumbing. While many plumbing disasters are out of our control, unfortunately, some are unknowingly self-inflicted. Since knowledge is power, we are here to shed some light on common mistakes you could be making with your plumbing.
#1 Liquid Drain Cleaner
Using a liquid drain cleaner is one of the most common mistakes you could be making with your plumbing. The thing about liquid drain cleaner is that in many cases it isn’t all that effective. Liquid drain cleaner can get things moving temporarily but rarely will it get to the root of the problem. If you are plagued with the same reoccurring plumbing problems, then there is a good chance that you have a more serious plumbing problem at hand. You should contact a professional plumber to get a better grasp of the situation before you cause more damage. Liquid drain cleaner can actually cause damage to your plumbing depending on what your pipes are made of, so proceed with caution before you pour anything down the drain.
#2 Using the Wrong Plunger
A plunger is always a good thing to have on hand, but did you know that there are different kinds of plungers? Using the wrong plunger is another of the most common mistakes you could be making with your plumbing. The most common plungers are cup and flange plungers. Cup plungers are more suitable for drains that have a flat surface like sink and tubs, whereas a flange plunger has a lip at the end of the cup to enable it to form a better suction on toilet drains. When using a plunger you will want to make sure that you have a good suction around the end of the plunger in order for it to work. For a really stubborn clog or a reoccurring clog, you should call a professional plumber to perform further diagnostics.
#3 Disposing of Chemicals Down the Drain
Drains are meant to carry away waste water, water being the operative word. Improper disposal of chemicals or building materials can wreak havoc on your plumbing system, making improper disposal of chemicals one of the leading mistakes you could be making with your plumbing. You don’t really think about your plumbing because it is out of sight out of mind, but the things that you pour down the drain can often times get stuck and form obstructions or even cause damage to your pipes. Avoid pouring harsh cleaning chemicals, paint, and other construction materials down the drain. Be sure to dispose of these items properly, most cities have set disposal locations for chemical waste. In addition, proper disposal of these items helps ensure that they don’t end up in our water supply.
#4 Treating Your Garbage Disposal Light a Trash Can
The name garbage disposal can be a little bit misleading. The name suggests that you can in fake put garbage down the drain, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Garbage disposals are in place to chop up small bits of food that might get rinsed off in the sink. This enables debris to travel freely through the pipes to prevent any obstructions. Large food particles, bones, fibrous food particles like potato peels and corn husks, paper, and glass, for example, are all items that will not chop into small enough pieces to pass through, and can actually cause damage to your garbage disposal and plumbing.
#5 Placing Too Much Weight on Plumbing Fixtures
Placing too much weight on plumbing fixtures is another example of one of the most common mistakes you could be making with your plumbing. Hanging shampoo racks on your showerhead, for example, can place too much weight on your shower head and snap it clean off. There are better solutions for storing your shower toiletries, that is unless you enjoy replacing your showerheads on a frequent basis.
Guilty of any of these common mistakes you could be making with your plumbing? Prevention is the best form of defense against plumbing problems.