As a homeowner, you care about the plumbing in your home. After all, when something breaks, you’re faced with flooding, malfunctioning toilets, and clogged drains. However, even if you’re doing your best not to actively damage your plumbing, you could still be courting trouble with small, things you do every day. Keep reading to find out how you could be damaging your home’s plumbing—and how you can change your ways before it’s too late.
Use Chemical Drain Cleaners
When you experience a slow drain in your home, do you reach for a bottle of chemical drain cleaner? While drain cleaners are convenient and may seem effective, they are actually doing more harm than good. These caustic chemicals can damage your home’s plumbing pipes, leading to leaks, drips, and worse down the road. Many drain cleaners loosen clogs by creating heat, which can warp PVC pipes and make them more prone to breaking. Chemical drain cleaners can also be a health hazard—they can burn or irritate your skin and eyes. Rather than using a caustic drain cleaner, use an enzymatic drain cleaner or a natural drain cleaning solution the next time you have drain troubles. Your pipes will definitely thank you!
Flush Trash Down the Toilet
You may be tossing trash down your toilet for easy disposal without even stopping to think about what you are doing. After all, the drain in your toilet looks like it can handle anything! However, the actual drain pipe leading away from your toilet can be extremely narrow and is often prone to clogs. Tossing anything other than toilet paper down your toilet can spell trouble. Throw your dental floss, plastic and paper packaging, kitty litter, cigarette butts, and other garbage away in a trash can rather than flushing it down your toilet. Even products that claim to be flushable, such as feminine products, baby wipes, and tissues, may not be as plumbing-friendly as they claim. If these products fail to break up properly when they are flushed, they can lodge in your toilet’s drain pipes and cause a backup.
Forget to Have the Septic Tank Inspected
Does your home use a septic tank rather than a city sewer to dispose of wastewater? If so, you need to have your tank inspected by a professional once a year. Problems in the tank may start out small, but can quickly become large issues if left unaddressed. Sewage backups can be extremely damaging to your home, while major repairs to your septic system can be expensive. Additionally, no matter how well you treat your septic system, it must be pumped at regular intervals to remove solid wastes. Only a regular inspection can tell you when it’s time to pump the tank. The cost of an annual septic tank inspection can save you hundreds or thousands of dollars down the line, simply by monitoring the tank’s performance and condition.
These simple factors can play a big role in the overall health of your Portland home’s plumbing. Keep in mind that everything you do has an impact on the condition of your plumbing can make you more aware of practices that may cause damage over the short and long term. Check out the other articles on my blog to find out more about how you can maintain your home’s plumbing for improved performance and longevity.
Are you doing anything that could be damaging your home’s plumbing?
- I use drain cleaners pretty often—now I’m rethinking that practice!
- I can’t remember the last time someone looked at my septic tank
- It’s time to put a trash can next to the toilet