Are you making these major mistakes?
Your toilet’s clogged again, and this time it’s all your fault. (Who knew flushable wipes wasn’t flushable?)
These are the things Beckley Plumbers suggest you do not do to your plumbing.
1. REACH FOR THE DRANO.
Not only are the chemicals very harsh and dangerous for you to handle, they can also ruin drain pipes and the equipment used to clear the stoppage.
Hint: To prevent blockages in the first place, keep notorious cloggers like grease and hair, out of drains.
2. TREAT THE TOILET LIKE A GARBAGE CAN.
Even if they’re labeled “flushable,” don’t toss feminine hygiene products, personal-cleaning wipes, toilet scrubbers, makeup remover pads or cat litter into the toilet, says Reckon. The fact is, they don’t disintegrate quickly enough and can ultimately block the drain pipe.
3. YOU TRY TO TACKLE THE PLUMBING PROBLEMS YOURSELF.
Don’t try to diagnose and fix a plumbing problem yourself, or hire a handyman (or handywoman) to do plumbing work, says Jim Jennette, a plumber for 25 years and Mr. Rooter franchise consultant. Plumbers can find and correct a problem faster than an amateur can, which will save you money in the long run.
4. HAVE NO IDEA WHERE THE MAIN WATER VALVE IS.
Don’t be in the dark when it comes to knowing the location of the main water valve and every emergency shut-off valve in your house, says Mark Dawson, president and CEO of Arizona’s bluefrog Plumbing + Drain. And while you’re at it, learn how to turn off these valves. It’s easy but if you’d prefer to have a pro show you how, many plumbers will check emergency shut-off valves at no charge.
5. DROP IN TOILET FRESHENERS.
Ditch the drop-in tank toilet fresheners. You may love the blue water it makes in your toilet bowl, but these tablets often contain chemicals that wear out working parts inside the tank, Reckon explains. Plus, as these tablets disintegrate, they can get stuck in the flush valve and prevent the toilet from flushing.
6. FORGET TO REPLACE THE HOSES.
Water hoses don’t give any warning before they burst, so avoid a potential flood by changing out rubber hoses on washing machines and dishwashers every five years, says Dan Runkel, licensed journeyman plumber and head of Washington Energy Service’s plumbing division in Seattle. When you do replace them, use stainless steel on all water lines, if possible.
7. DON’T HAVE A LEAK PROTECTION SYSTEM.
Don’t skimp on water-leak protection, cautions Runkel. It only costs a few hundred dollars to get a water-leak protection system that offers both an alarm and a main water shut-off should a leak occur in your water heater, dishwasher, sinks and more.
8. HOT WATER HEATER IS OUTDATED.
Your tank water heater won’t last forever — the average lifespan is 8-12 years. Just like toast tends to fall butter-side down on the floor, your 20-year-old tank will inevitably fail and flood while you are on vacation, warns Runkel.
9. FIDDLE WITH THE WATER HEATER’S PRESSURE VALVE.
Don’t try to drain your water heater or test the temperature and pressure valve yourself. These need to be done professionally, says Dawson. If the valve is not properly removed, the pressure from the tank can disperse scalding hot water that could cause serious burns as well as property damage.
10. OVERLOAD THE GARBAGE DISPOSAL.
Be kind to your garbage disposal: Don’t pour grease into it (the goopy stuff will eventually solidify and clog the drain) and don’t put in fibrous food like celery and artichokes. Also avoid pushing through large amounts of garbage at once, Reckon says. Instead, feed garbage slowly into the disposal with cold running water.
Call Beckley Plumbers at 304-923-2013.