10 Things That Are Guaranteed To Ruin Your PlumbingJanuary 11 / 2020
When it comes to your plumbing things are just better when everything is in good working order. To maintain the functionality of your plumbing, it is important to stay up to date on maintenance, but also form good habits. Most plumbing problems are preventable by practicing good habits. So, what are the do’s and don’ts when it comes to your plumbing? Here is a list of things that will ruin your plumbing.
Liquid Drain CleanerLiquid drain cleaner sounds like it should be a safe bet, right? However, liquid drain cleaner can actually ruin your plumbing. The reason is because liquid drain cleaner is made of some pretty heavy duty chemicals. In order to eat through clogs, it has to be pretty abrasive. And that is where the problem lies. See once it is finished with the clog, it can continue to eat right through your pipes. Liquid drain cleaners work by creating a chemical reaction, this can produce heat, which isn’t good for your pipes. In some instances, the chemical reaction that occurs can cause old metal pipes to corrode. This is why we do not recommend the use of liquid drain cleaners.
Hanging Toilet Bowl CleanersHanging toilet bowl cleaners sound like a win, win. They help keep your bathroom smelling clean, and reduce the amount of elbow grease you have to put in to clean your toilets. We totally get why people like to use them. However, they can be really detrimental to your plumbing. The hanging arm that attaches to the rim of your toilet can sometimes end up in the toilet bowl, where it gets flushed down the toilet. These are really difficult to retrieve, and if they get pushed far enough down the line, they can do a lot of damage. [caption id="attachment_4171" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Image Credit: Dean Supply[/caption]
Tank Toilet CleanersAutomatic toilet cleaners just can’t catch a break. The reason tank toilet cleaners are bad, is the cleaning agents in the pellets you drop in the tank, can actually cause the working parts in your tank to wear out early. This can cause your toilet to leak or not flush properly. To keep your toilet working properly and to help you toilet last longer, avoid using bleach tablets in your toilet tank.
Improper Use Of Garbage DisposalThe garbage disposal is meant to help keep things flowing through your pipes. It is not meant to work like a garbage can, we know the name is a little misleading. Improper usage of your garbage disposal can in fact ruin your plumbing. Avoid overloading your garbage disposal. Run it frequently and with running water. This will help prevent the motor from over extending itself, and help prevent clogs. This can also help prevent your garbage disposal from leaking. It is also important to watch what you put in the garbage disposal. Avoid putting: egg shells, coffee grounds, peels, starchy food, grease, and trash down the garbage disposal.
Not Watching What Gets FlushedToilets often get treated like garbage cans too. It is important to remember that just because it flushes, doesn’t mean it should be flushed. Items that don’t belong in your drains often move on further down the line and can cause a clog. Toilets are really only designed to flush waste and toilet paper. Never flush: feminine hygiene products, diapers, wipes, cotton swabs, dental floss, hair, or trash.
Not Being Proactive With Leak DetectionPlumbing leaks can easily ruin your plumbing and the surrounding area. Water damage can be devastating for the integrity of your home. Not only are your pipes and plumbing fixtures susceptible to damage, but a water leak can destroy drywall, wood beams, sub-floors, wood floors, and carpet. The longer a leak is left undetected, the more damage it will do. So familiarize yourself with the signs of a water leak:
- Look for signs of water damage
- Recognize the smell of mold and mildew
- Listen for running, rushing, or dripping water
- Look for unexplained puddles of water
- Pay attention to water bills (a sudden hike in your water bill is a good indicator)