Sewer line backups, tree roots, extreme weather—all these things have the potential to harm your home’s plumbing. However, the biggest threat to your plumbing system isn’t Mother Nature or faulty parts. Most likely, it’s you.
If you’re like many homeowners, you have a few bad habits when it comes to your plumbing. Unfortunately, you may not be aware of the damage you’re causing until it’s too late and you’re facing costly repairs. Mr. Rooter Southern Oregon encourages you to look and see if you’re guilty of these plumbing bad habits:
Flushing the Unflushable
When it comes to plumbing, one of the most common bad habits involves flushing everything under the sun. Unfortunately, this can cause clogs, blockages, and result in a visit from the plumber. In general, flush nothing other than waste and toilet paper; dispose of items such as baby wipes, feminine hygiene products, and paper towels in the trash can.
Using Drain Cleaner
In the best of situations, drain cleaners are only slightly effective at dissolving clogs of some types. In the worst situations, these caustic chemicals can generate enough heat to crack your pipes. Stay away from drain cleaners, which corrode your pipes and damage rubber flanges.
Dumping Grease Down Your Drain
After cooking a large pan of bacon, finding a way to deal with the resulting grease can be a hassle. However, pouring the grease down your kitchen drain can cause much more than a hassle; grease can coat the interior of your pipes over time, eventually causing a clog. Worse, this greasy coating can spread to city pipes and affect your neighbors as well.
Most homeowners can handle plunging a toilet or fishing a trinket from the U bend of a sink. For moderate to large plumbing issues, however, you risk making costly mistakes like joining the wrong pipes or damaging your fixtures. As a result, it’s always best to call Mr. Rooter of Southern Oregon—our expert technicians can assess all your plumbing issues and address the problem as soon as possible.