4 Things Your Plumber Wants You To Avoid

Maintaining your home can be overwhelming. From mowing the lawn and washing windows to repairing a leaky faucet, the challenges of home ownership are easy to see. While shocking for most people to learn, a home's plumbing system takes a great deal of abuse. This abuse not only affects the working function of your faucets, appliances, and toilets, but it can also lead to costly damage and repairs.  With this guide and the help of a plumber, you can avoid abusing your home's plumbing system.

Utilizing Chemicals

A clogged sink or toilet are common issues faced by most homeowners. These clogs not only prevent your sink from draining and your toilet from flushing properly, but constant clogs increase your risk of a backed-up septic system. Due to this possibility, you may reach for the drain-cleaning chemicals to release clogs in your sink or toilet.

Unfortunately, these drain-cleaning chemicals do more harm than good. While they may help release small clogs in your drain, the toxic chemicals used in these harsh products can rust metal, causing your underlying plumbing pipes to deteriorate over time.

Flushing Trash

One of the most common things plumbers wish you would avoid is using your toilet as a trash can. Toilet paper and bodily waste should be the only things that you flush in your toilet. Even if a product is labeled "flushable," you should avoid disposing of it in your toilet.

Disposable, "flushable" wipes are excellent products for cleaning yourself in a more effective and efficient manner after using the bathroom, but these wipes can wreak havoc on your septic system. The cloths are unable to break down properly, clogging not only your toilet, but also your underlying septic lines.  

"Flushable" wipes are not the only products homeowners tend to put into the toilet. Condoms and medications are also dangerous to your toilet and septic systems. The latex used in condoms will not deteriorate inside your septic system, so you may experience severe clogs that can cause a backed-up septic system. Also, chemicals used in most medications can alter the good bacteria in your septic system. This increases the risk of pollution, contaminating groundwater and harming the environment.

"Fixing" Things Yourself

Most homeowners know how to use a plunger, but many will attempt to unclog drains and toilets using other household items. Wire hangers are popular options used in a similar manner as a toilet snake, but improper use of the hanger can push clogs further into your plumbing lines.

To reduce your risk of further plumbing and septic issues by fixing clogs yourself, consider consulting a plumber.

Skipping Maintenance

As with other areas of your home, your plumbing system requires periodic maintenance. Of course, you most likely do not know where to begin.

To get started, focus on your water heater. Locate the thermometer to check the temperature of your water heater. Then, check for any leaks around the water heater. Leaks may be due to a variety of issues, including a failed pressure release valve or high temperatures that have caused the tank to expand and contract.

An estimated 10 percent of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons of water or more each day. Check each faucet and showerhead for leaks, as well. If you notice small drops of water on the floor or moisture building up on walls, cabinets, or floors surrounding these plumbing fixtures, you may have a slow leak that should be addressed immediately. Most leaks from faucets and showerheads can be repaired by just replacing an inexpensive washer.

Minor changes in your habits can prevent abuse on your home's plumbing and septic systems. To learn more about protecting this important system, contact an experienced plumbing contractor today.