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Common Plumbing Mistakes and How to Fix Them

As a homeowner, it goes without saying that there are so many things to keep track of. From mold growth, to heating and cooling to plumbing, it can almost be headache inducing on where to start when it comes to keeping your home in tip top shape.

Plumbing is one of those things in your home that tends to be overlooked unless there is a problem. However the good thing is, many of these plumbing incidents can be prevented as they are mostly caused by common misunderstandings and mistakes.  So, to avoid any plumbing disasters from happening to your home, make not to believe these common mishaps!

Relying Too Much on Drain Cleaner

While drain cleaners are great for the occasional clog, using them too often can cause severe oxidation in your pipes. The worst part is, you won’t see that this is happening until it is too late and you have an expensive leaky or broken pipe on your hands. Conversely, you can easily remove a clog without causing any damage by using a plumbing snake.

Tossing Items Labeled as Flushable Down Your Toilet

Unfortunately, items that are labeled as flushable such as baby wipes, feminine hygiene products, and paper towels do not break down in the same way toilet tissue does. This means they slowly create clogs and buildup that can be a pain to get rid of. So play it safe and simply toss these items in the trash.

Dumping Grease Down Your Sink

Many homeowners think that it is okay to pour grease down the sink as it will just be washed away to the sewer system. This is untrue, as this grease eventually congeals before it gets to the sewer, and sticks to your pipes and acts like glue to other debris floating by. Eventually, before you know it, that small cupful of grease can cause a massive clog, so it is a best practice to simply keep all grease and greasy material away from your drain. This also goes with dumping grease down your food disposal or adding greasy dishes into your dishwasher.

Leaving Your Hose Connected During the Colder Months

It is crucial to disconnect your hose before winter’s first chill as those pipes are more likely to freeze. And a frozen pipe is at risk for bursting at any time, which can cause a devastating indoor flood. You don’t want to be wading in knee-deep water trying to salvage your possessions after a pipe bursts, so make sure to disconnect your hose and turn off the water supply to those pipes as soon as the temperatures drop.

Mistake: Ignoring the Signs of Plumbing Failure

Many homeowners overlook common signs of imminent plumbing failure, such as excessive drain clogging, small leaks, decreased water pressure, or a different color water coming out of your tap. Make sure to call a plumber as soon as possible. You will want to make sure these problems are fixed before they turn into catastrophes. Plus, an experienced plumber, such as those at Freedom Plumbers, will be able to check that nothing else is wrong and you don’t have any other issues on your hands.

Make sure not to fall prey to these common plumbing mistakes, or you may soon have a disaster in your home. Remember to call a plumber at any sign something is amiss, and your home will thank you!