There are various kinds of plumbing problems that professionals are called to fix in residences and offices. Hence a professional plumber who has been in the business long enough has probably seen everything that could possibly go wrong in a plumbing system. When thinking about these plumbing problems that occur, there are a few that are more common than others. In this article, you will learn how to avoid those problems that plumbers are most often called for.
Using incorrect tools
If for example you have a clogged sink or toilet, using the wrong tool to fix it will only make it worse. Using a drain snake for example to clear a clogged toilet will cause major damage to the toilet bowl.It is very important that you are aware about which tools are best for the job at hand. For unclogging a drain, there are many plumbing tricks that you could try. First use a simple plunger to clear the drain. Ifthat does not work, move on to an auger – it has to be a toilet auger because only a toilet auger is designed specifically for unclogging a toilet. If this works, you could save hundreds of dollars from purchasing a new toilet. Also, you should note that using chemical drain cleaners to clear out clogs can corrode and damage your plumbing from the inside.
Garbage disposal overload
The design of a garbage disposal can only take up one item at a time. Overloading your garbage disposal can jam the entire system leading to more unwanted problems.
Incorrect items being thrown into the garbage disposal
This is a very common mistake that people make with garbage disposals. Just like with any other item, if it is not used for the correct purpose, you are only reducing its life span. Garbage disposals can take up small food scraps but what causes problems are starchy and fibrous foods such as rice, celery, vegetable peels, and pasta. These often tie up blades of a garbage disposal and jam up the system. Hence it is important to be very careful in what you use the garbage disposal system for.
Flushing garbage down the toilet
Homeowners and residents should stop mistaking their toilets for garbage cans. Flushing down products such as facial scrubs, cotton balls, swabs, paper towels, sanitary napkins and other hygiene products can lead to clogged toilets. The one and only purpose of a toilet is to flush human waste and we should avoid flushing any other objects down the toilet.
Hair left in shower drains
Shower drains have traps for to collect soap scum, hair and other waste that would otherwise block the drains and cause bigger problems. Therefore it is very important to clean the shower drain trap regularly. If you don’t do so, water will build up in your shower area, water will not drain properly, and as a result, you drain will clog in the near future.
Placing heavy weight on plumbing fixtures
Be careful how much weight you put on plumbing fixtures in your bathroom. Placing shower caddies and other hanging objects on handles or shower heads may be more weight than the fixture can take. Rather than risking damage, it is best to completely avoid placing any weight on these fixtures.
Allowing grease down drains
When it comes to kitchen sink blocks, this is one of the biggest mistakes that professional plumbers see. Grease solidifies in your pipes, leading to severe clogs. Instead of allowing grease down drains, collect them in a jar and throw it into the garbage.
Ignoring minor leaks
A leak will never fix itself; it will only worsen with time. The longer you leave a leak unattended the more water you waste and the more damage it causes in your home. Therefore, instead of procrastinating, it is best to call a professional plumber as soon as you notice a leak so that the damage can be minimized.