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5 Things Your Plumber Wishes You Wouldn't Do

The best way to take care of your plumbing is to form good habits. Unfortunately, many people are unaware that their actions are actually causing harm to their plumbing systems. Plumbing emergencies are never fun, and can prove to be quite costly. Here are 5 things your plumber wishes you wouldn't do.  

#1 DIY Plumbing Repair

DIY plumbing repair is one of the top things your plumbing wishes you wouldn’t do. The truth of the matter is, is that most people have no clue what they are doing. While there are some homeowners that are experienced handyman, and can make repairs, most do not fit this bill. While they have good intentions of saving money, many DIYers end up making matters worse, causing more damage and more repairs. In the end they have to call a plumber to fix what they intended to fix.   When it comes to plumbing repair, get the job done right the first time. Call a professional plumbing. This ensures repairs are made correctly and more importantly, safely.  

#2 You Don’t Know Where The Main Water Shutoff Is

In the event of a plumbing emergency, one of the best things you can do is to shut off the main supply. This saves water, reduces hazards, and helps prevent excess damage. Unfortunately, many people are not aware of where their main water shutoff is, and this is a huge mistake. Familiarize yourself with where the main water shutoff is to reduce the amount of damage during a plumbing emergency. The main water shutoff valve is usually located outside, either around the foundation of your home or in a cement block in your yard. If you are unsure, check your home inspection report, or ask your plumber to point it out.  

#3 You Use Liquid Drain Cleaner

One of the worst things your plumber wishes you wouldn’t do is use liquid drain cleaner. Liquid drain cleaner isn’t all that effective, and can do more harm than good. Your best bet is to have your drains cleaned. This eliminates the gunk that builds up inside of your drains, and removes any obstructions. This goes back to getting the job done right the first time. Liquid drain cleaners work as a band-aid, not getting to the root of the problem. They may provide temporary relief, but before you know it you are dealing with the same problem again.   

#4 As Far As Your Drains Are Concerned, Anything Goes

Believe it or not, your drains are not equipped to handle everything. Improper treatment of your drains will lead to plumbing problems. The leading things that should never go down the drain include: leftovers, starchy foods, fibrous foods, grease, egg shells, coffee grounds, bones, trash, paper other than toilet paper, wipes, diapers, feminine hygiene products, dental floss, cotton swabs, hair, toys, chemicals, and prescription medication. This goes for both kitchen and bathroom drains. Don’t treat your drains like a trash can, and you reduce the risk of having a clogged drain. 

#5 You Don’t Replace Hoses

A water supply hose typically only lasts about 5-7 years. At some point, they can start to fray and wear out. This leaves you vulnerable to leaks and flooding as they don’t give warning before they go out. A leaking water supply hose is one of the most common plumbing problems that catch people off guard. Every time you get a new appliance, get a new hose. And make it a point to inspect water supply lines at regular intervals.    Trouble with your plumbing? Rooter Hero can help. For more plumbing tips or to schedule an appointment contact Rooter Hero today!   

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