Eventually, everyone needs to call for plumbing repairs. Even plumbing systems that receive regular maintenance break down sometimes, and the simple fact is that the longer you go without having new equipment replaced or installed, the greater chance there is that you will need professional service.
On the other hand, if you are in need of service all the time, and there constantly seems to be a problem with your plumbing system, there’s a good chance the issue is tied to something happening on your end. Keep reading to learn 5 easy ways to avoid calling the plumber so much. And remember, when you do need a plumber, Mr. Plumber of Charlotte has all the residential and commercial services you need.
5 Easy Steps You Can Take to Avoid Calling the Plumber as Much
- Be careful what you put down in garbage disposal: Guess what—your garbage disposal is not a garbage shoot! While we completely understand your desire to get rid of waste as quickly and efficiently as possible, the fact of the matter is that the blades on this device are only so strong. Frequently, us plumbers end up removing items you think might think are fine from your system—items like rinds, peels, skins, and seeds. When these items get caught in your blades, it’s pretty much a guarantee that you’ll have to call a professional plumber for repairs—if not complete replacement. Remember, your garbage disposal is not a trash compactor. It’s for small food waste that runs off in your sink while cooking. The bigger the waste is, however, the better off you are just throwing it in your trash can.
- Pay attention to what gets flushed down your toilet: Sounds simple, right? And yet, too many Americans continue to flush large hunks of bathroom tissue, tampons, and other sanitary products down the toilet. A good rule of thumb—other than waste, toilet paper, and toilet cleaning liquid, you should just avoid flushing altogether. Extremely small items like toenail clippings might be okay, but dirt and other debris should be put in the proper waste receptacle. And don’t get us started on other paper products; paper towel, Kleenex, and napkins are not toilet paper, and can actually clog up your system badly when flushed. Like we said, even too much T.P. at once is not good for your toilet. “But wait,” you may be saying, “I’m an adult, I know all this, it doesn’t apply to me.” And that may be—but do your children know it? If not, consider having the toilet talk with them sooner rather than later, and avoid replacing your toilet as well as everything from toys to the family fish. You may just avoid big tears and an even bigger headache in the process.
- Don’t dispose of chemicals in your drains: Sensing a pattern yet? Among the many things you shouldn’t wash down the drains in your house, chemical materials are high on the list. This goes for certain cleaning products, as well as construction materials, such as paint. Not only can these liquids clog and block drains, some of the compounds in them are very toxic, and can eat away at your system, or even get backed up and end up interfering with your health. No matter what the chemical is, just don’t do it. Don’t flush it, don’t put it down your garbage disposal, don’t even empty it into the sink in your basement. If you’re not going to get rid of it, the safest thing to do for your plumbing is to throw it out or take it to the dump.
- Avoid weighing down your fixtures: You know that heavy shower caddy hanging from your bathtub spout or shower head? As convenient as it is, it may be messing with your plumbing. The weight these add-ons can put on fixtures seriously wears them down overtime, and the more weight you add, the more you are basically creating an invitation for your fixtures to snap, breaking off entirely. A few items are fine, but if you use multiple soaps on body wash on shampoo on conditioner on who knows what, maybe find a different place to store those items.
- Stop pulling on your faucet handle: Everyone has at least one faucet in their house that just doesn’t respond fast enough—that leaks a little bit even after you turn it, or just takes too long switching the water temperature from hot to cold. This type of fixture may be annoying, though it’s also not necessarily a surefire sign you need service. If you think you are losing a lot of water to leaks, call a plumber and get the problem professionally fixed. Do not, under any circumstances, crank the faucet handle as much as possible, as this will surely make the problem worse, and force you to get expensive repairs where you required none before.
At Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Charlotte, we don’t want you to have to call for plumbing service all the time. When we work on your system our goal is to ensure it functions well for as long as possible, so you don’t have to keep spending money on unnecessary repairs. Follow our tips and tricks to take care of your equipment, and when you do need plumbing service, call the company that you know has your back no matter what.
Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Charlotte is available at (855) 982-2028. Call now to schedule service, or click here to contact us online.
About the Author: William Iliev, Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Charlotte
William has been a trusted plumber and owner of Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Charlotte since 2003. With over 15 years to back him, William has experience with a wide range of plumbing related solutions and systems. He and his team specialize in water heater services, tree root plumbing repairs, and more.