Three Little Mistakes That May Eventually Add Up To A Big Plumbing Problem

Two wrongs don't make a right… and a bunch of little plumbing errors don't add up to a healthy plumbing system! Most people know the basics, like avoiding pouring grease down drains and keeping things like toys out of the toilet, but many homeowners do make a lot of little errors that may eventually come back to bite them in the form of leaks and clogs. If you really want to ensure your plumbing stays in tip-top shape, make sure you avoid these little mistakes.

Flushing wipes down the toilet.

You might flush a wipe down the toilet 100 times and not have a problem, but since these wipes take so long to break down, if one does become stuck in your pipes, it can cause a clog that you'll need a professional plumber to come remove. For this reason, it's best not to flush wet wipes (or any other product for that matter) down your toilet. The only things you should be flushing are the three Ps: pee, poop and (toilet)paper.

Using drain cleaner to loosen clogs.

When your drains get slow, it's easy to reach for a bottle or chemical drain cleaner to fix the problem. But this cleaner does more than just loosen clogs. Over time, it can eat away at your pipes, leading to leaks and the need for pipe replacement. Instead of using drain cleaner, try plunging your drains. Fill the sink or tub with water first, make sure you use forceful strokes, and make sure the plunger is sealed well around the drain opening before you plunge. If this does not work, try pouring baking soda and vinegar down the drain. The foaming action will loosen most clogs, but is milder on your pipes than conventional drain cleaner.

Not using a hair trap in the shower.

Over time, hair going down the shower drain can accumulate in your larger drain pipes, leading to major clogs that you would have to hire a professional plumber to unclog. So don't skip putting that drain basket in your shower, even if you have short hair or feel like you don't lose a lot of hair. Most people lose 50 – 100 strands of hair per day, and you might lose even more if you have long hair or use elastic bands frequently. That's a lot of hair to let go down the pipes. Drain baskets are only a couple of dollars; you may even find one at the dollar store.

For more information, contact a plumber, like one at Bryco Plumbing.