Becoming a homeowner or a building owner means taking on a lot more responsibility. Your plumbing is an integral part of your home and the condition of your pipes can have a significant impact on the value of your house. There are a few things you as a homeowner needs to know about your plumbing and your plumber is perfectly suited to help you sort out your issues. Here are 5 things your plumber wishes you knew:
Your Toilet is Not a Garbage Can
So don't treat it as such. Just because the object seems to fit in the toilet doesn't mean it belongs there. In fact, anything that isn't "number one or two" or some toilet paper is the worst thing you can do for your pipes. Anything else that supposedly "disappears" down the drain can actually cause a buildup of debris and can generate a clog that will drastically compromise the integrity of your plumbing system.
Don't Pour Grease Down the Drain
Something that we cover very often is the dangers of pouring cooking oil and grease down your kitchen sink. Grease cools and coagulates, becoming very solid and difficult to remove, which can cause slow drains and clogs that are expensive to remove compared to clogs caused by other debris. Boiling water won't remove it and will actually add to the problem in some circumstances. Store your used grease elsewhere or throw it away after wiping it off your pans with a paper towel.
Wipes Aren't Flushable
Wipes are often advertised as "flushable," which sounds great, right? Unfortunately, this isn't true as the material doesn't break down quickly enough to be truly flushable. Public waste departments spend millions of dollars per year removing objects that won't break down naturally or at water treatment centers, and that's just the stuff that makes it that far! Wipes can get caught in your pipes and put undue pressure on your pipes, which can cause breaks and leaks that can cause huge messes and cost you a lot of money.
My Pipes Can Handle a Full House
Your plumbing is a system and systems tend to run better when there's a regular, predictable usage. Overloading any system causes damage and strain and your plumbing is no different - if you're planning a significant influx of visitors to your home and predict heavier plumbing usage, it might be a good idea to schedule a checkup with a plumber to keep things flowing during your guests' visit.
Don't Wait Until Water Overflows to Call the Plumber
Again, it doesn't do you much good to recognize you have plumbing situation on your hands when water starts spraying around. There are telltale signs of plumbing problems that tend to give you an early warning of further issues on the horizon, so don't put off a visit from the plumber to assess the health of your plumbing and implement money-saving repairs before an emergency strikes.
Contact Pioneer Plumbing and Heating to schedule a plumbing checkup with a professional plumber and head off any problems before they cause you big headaches. Call us today!