Messy. Stinky. Damaging. If you’ve ever had significant plumbing problems, you know what we are talking about. If it’s happened to you chances are good you NEVER want it to happen again. Dixie Electric, Plumbing & Air has some tips from plumbers across the country about the biggest mistakes people make when it comes to plumbing problems and maintenance.
Using Chemical Drain Cleaners
They seldom work very well, and the harsh chemicals can damage your pipes. They are also dangerous to handle.
Treat the Toilet Like a Garbage Can
Even if the label says flushable, they really aren’t. Cleaning wipes, make-up pads, and feminine hygiene products belong in the garbage. Follow the rule of threes: #1, #2, and toilet paper are the only three things that should be flushed down a toilet.
Do It Yourself
You believe you have “mad” DIY skills, but too many times you are wrong. Plumbers can find and fix a problem in your Auburn or Montgomery, AL home more quickly than you can. In the long run paying a professional often saves money.
Not Knowing Where The Main Shutoff Valve Is
After a pipe breaks and water is gushing into your house is not the right time to wonder where the main water shutoff is located. Find it now and learn how to operate it. A delay of even 30-minutes can mean widespread flooding damage.
Use Those Pretty Blue Toilet Bowl Fresheners
It doesn’t matter how much you love that pretty blue water, plumbers say the tablets often contain chemicals. They can damage the working parts inside the toilet tank.
Forget to Replace Hoses
You’re not going to get a warning sign a hose on your washing machine or dishwasher is about to burst. They should be replaced every five years with new stainless-steel hoses.
Not Investing In A Leak Detection System
There are several types of leak detection systems on the market. They cost a few hundred dollars but can easily save thousands in damage. When a leak is detected an alarm sounds and a shut-off valve is activated.
Old & Outdated Water Heater
Save the gambling for the casino not for your home. Most tank-style water heaters last 8-12 years. Are you really going to feel comfortable when you leave home on a two-week vacation and leave behind a 20-year-old water heater?
Overload The Garbage Disposal
Avoid putting fibrous foods like carrots, celery, and artichokes down the disposal. Don’t try to force large amounts of garbage in a short time. Feed the garbage in slowly with the cold water running. And remember, a disposal does not do anything to break down fats and oils. They belong in the garbage not in the sink.
Fooling Around With The Pressure Relief Valve On A Water Heater
If you believe there is a problem with the valve, it’s a job for a professional plumber. If you try to do it yourself and make a mistake, scalding hot water can gush out of the heater.
Count on Dixie
The best way to prevent a plumbing disaster is with routine plumbing maintenance from Dixie Electric, Plumbing & Air. The worry-free way to make that happen is with the Dixie Cares Plan which includes an annual plumbing inspection and tune-up. Be sure to like and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more great information like this.