Seven Common Home Plumbing Mistakes to Avoid
Adeedo! gets called to homes for all kinds of plumbing problems. Our plumbers have seen everything you can possibly think of that can go wrong with a plumbing system. Today, we’re going to help you avoid some plumbing issues by addressing the most common home plumbing mistakes.
MISTAKE 1: Using the wrong tools to clear toilet clogs.
It’s really important to know what tools are best for the job. If you have a backup in your toilet, always try to clear it by first using a simple plunger.
If the plunger doesn’t work and an auger is needed, make sure you’re using a toilet auger. A toilet auger is specially designed and manufactured for the toilet. This one tip could save you hundreds of dollars from damaging your toilet and having to buy a brand new one.
MISTAKE 2: Flushing garbage down the toilet.
Quite often, homeowners treat their toilets like garbage cans. They flush products such as cotton balls, facial scrubs, cotton swabs, paper towels and hygiene products.
Toilets are only designed to flush personal waste and toilet paper; if you flush other objects, they can quickly lead to a clog.
MISTAKE 3: Never cleaning your shower drain traps.
Most showers have drain traps that are used to catch soap scum and hair that would otherwise build up in the drains and lead to clogs.
Neglecting to clean the traps is a huge mistake that will lead to clogs and nasty backups. Clean your drain trap regularly and avoid a yucky mess.
MISTAKE 4: Putting excess weight on fixtures.
If you choose to put shower caddies or other hanging objects on your showerheads or handles, be careful how much weight you put on them.
Putting excess weight on your plumbing fixtures may damage them. It’s best to avoid putting any weight on them altogether.
MISTAKE 5: Overloading your garbage disposal.
Garbage disposals are built and designed to handle small scraps of food, one item at a time.
If you overfill your garbage disposal, it can easily get jammed or overworked.
MISTAKE 6: Pouring grease and oily condiments down the kitchen drain.
This is one of the biggest mistakes our professional plumbers see when it comes to the cause of kitchen drain clogs. Grease will solidify in your pipes and traps, and will quickly lead to severe clogs.
You can easily avoid this mistake by disposing of your cooking grease in a jar or other safe container, and throw it out in the garbage.
MISTAKE 7: Ignoring small plumbing leaks.
Plumbing leaks never fix themselves. They only get worse with time. The longer you ignore a leak, the more damage it can cause and the more water (and money) you’ll waste.
Instead of procrastinating, it’s best to give the professional Los Angeles and Orange County plumbers at Adeedo! a call as soon as you notice leaks or other plumbing problems so that you can minimize the damage and annoyance they can cause.