How Not to Take Care of Your Plumbing

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Image courtesy of Frank Vincentz/Wikimedia Commons.

By taking good care of your plumbing you can avoid emergencies and expensive repairs. You can also lengthen the lifespan of some of your appliances, pipes and system, so you won’t have to repair or replace parts as often. Taking care of your plumbing means using appliances correctly and watching for any warning signs that something could be wrong.

Here’s what not to do if you want to keep your plumbing in tip-top shape:

Putting Greasy, Starchy, or Hard Foods Down Your Disposal

Your garbage disposal can’t handle things like potato peels, eggshells, pasta, pits and bones. These items should be disposed of in a garbage can. You can also help your disposal stay clear of clogs by running water while it is on.

Failing to Insulate Your Pipes

If you don’t insulate your pipes, they are more prone to freezing in the winter. Burst pipes can cause an emergency situation and flooding and can be expensive to repair. Adding insulation to exposed pipes can help you avoid the situation altogether.

Using Commercial Drain Cleaning Products

Using a drain-cleaning product from the grocery store may seem like a good idea, but it can actually harm your pipes. Many of the products have harmful chemicals that can erode your pipes and the products usually don’t completely remove clogs. If you have a clogged drain, we are a Plumber in Plainview that specializes in drain cleaning.

Hanging things from Your Pipes

Some people see exposed pipes as a perfect place to hang laundry. However, hanging things from pipes can cause the joints to loosen, which can cause broken parts and even flooding. Opt for a laundry rack or clothes line instead.

Ignoring Problems

It’s tempting to ignore a small drip, running toilet or a tiny leak, but even those seemingly small problems can cause big headaches. Even small leaks can cause flood damage and increase your water bill. They can also quickly get out of hand, causing a bigger, and more expensive, problem. If you notice something is out of place with your system, have it inspected and repaired right away. For a Plainview plumber, or a plumber in 11803, contact us and we can send a qualified technician to your home.

If you take good care of your plumbing system it will last a long time and do its job well. Making sure you use appliances correctly, keeping an eye out for problems and repairing things quickly can help you avoid emergencies and even save money.


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