Sure, plumbing problems are bound to pop up at some point. But would you believe it if we told you that the most common problems are also some of the most preventable? Let’s take a look at some of the most common plumbing problems we’ve been called to, and how you can prevent them.
Common Plumbing Problems
Most toilet clogs can be completely avoided if you remember that only the three “p’s” should ever be flushed — pee, poop, and paper. Even if you only throw things like cotton swabs, small plastic wrappers, floss, or bandages once in a while, you can still be setting yourself up for a major clog.
Clogged Sink Drains
Just like toilets, many sink clogs are caused by homeowners throwing things down the drain that don’t belong there. Most commonly, people throw grease or cooking oil down the drain, forgetting that it will soon harden and clog their pipes.
Leaks aren’t something that just happen after years of wear and tear. While it’s true your pipes begin to wear down over the years, regular plumbing inspections can find small issues before they turn into big problems.
Another main cause of corroded pipes is frequent use of chemical cleaners. While most toxic cleaners are tough on clogs, they’re also tough on your pipes and can wear down the lining inside of your plumbing.
Damaged Garbage Disposals
Remember, a garbage disposal isn’t a garbage. Every year, homeowners turn to Mr. Rooter because their disposal is clogged by food they threw down there. A few things you should never throw down a disposal are:
- Coffee grounds
- Egg shells
- Fruit pits