It is all too often that we take advantage of our drains, not thinking about the hard work they are doing, or what is happening after we throw that banana peel down the garbage disposal. Here are 3 of the most common mistakes that you are probably making when it comes to your plumbing.
- Flushing everything down the toilet. A toilet can only withstand so much, and let’s face it, it takes a lot. Next time you go to throw a baby wipe or kleenex down the toilet, don’t. These materials are not made to be broken down in the water like toilet paper. It is easier, in the long run, to protect your pipes and throw anything that isn’t toilet paper, in the trash can.
- Using chemicals down our drains. I know you see commercials for special chemicals that magically clear your pipes as good as new, but these are doing nothing but making everything worse. Instead of wasting your money on those products, call out a plumber if you suspect a clog in your drain and they can use a snake to pull out whatever is down there.
- Putting food, grease, or hair down the sink can cause major problems to your plumbing. One easy fix is to use the trash can as much as possible and buy a strainer or screen protector to go over the top of any opening that these things could find there way into. This is a simple, cheap, and effective way to save your pipes from unneeded clogging.
If you have been doing any of these things, you have been hurting the integrity of your pipes and costing yourself more money in repairs than you need to be. In order to keep your plumbing working properly, avoid these common mistakes, and call a professional at Patrick E. Chase Plumbing & Heating at 412-561-3624, today.