It’s easy to take our plumbing for granted — when you flush the toilet, water usually flows down and when you turn the sink on, water flows out freely.
While natural wear and tear accounts for some problems in your home, many of the most common plumbing problems are also some of the most preventable.
How You Can Prevent These Plumbing Issues
Did you know that drain cleaner can lead to leaks? Drain cleaners rely on harsh and often toxic chemicals to eat away at the clog causing your problem. Unfortunately though, these chemicals don’t just attack the clog, they also go after your pipes. If you regularly use drain cleaner, you could be slowly eating away at your pipes, making them more likely to crack and leak.
The best way to prevent a clog is to never throw anything down the toilet that doesn’t belong there. While it may be convenient to throw a piece of floss or cotton ball down the toilet, know that these can cause serious (and expensive) problems down the road. You should also avoid putting sanitary napkins, paper towels, tissues, and medication in a toilet.
A Lack of Hot Water
Water heaters need regular maintenance in order to perform their best. While there are a number of reasons why a water heater isn’t working as well as it once did, a common reason is because of sediment build-up. You can prevent sediment from taking up valuable space in your heater by draining it every six months.