Normally, we’d like to give you lists of positive ways to improve your household plumbing with Endeavour Plumbing. There are some common nagging problems, however, that many homeowners (and less reputable plumbers) make that can really ruin or damage your household plumbing. Here are 10 things you shouldn’t do with your plumbing:
We Cause Most Plumbing Problems Ourselves
Whether it’s flushing the wrong thing down the toilet and clogging it up or neglecting to use a proper shower drain to capture hair and soap from blocking the drain, we humans do more damage (in most cases) to our own plumbing systems than just about anything else. Take precautions and only flush what should be flushed down the toilet (you know, organic matter) and use a good shower drain stop.
Clogged Drains? Liquid Drain Cleaner Helps!
Many homeowners are quick to turn to liquid drain cleaners that claim to fully unclog drains with a simple pour. Yes, many work wonders, but they also use extremely harsh chemicals that can quickly wear out your drain pipes and lead to more costly problems later on.
Toilets are for Doo-Doo, Not Hygiene Products
A few recent discoveries in London and here in Melbourne’s sewer systems of massive ‘fatbergs’ show that most of us are flushing plenty of disposable wipes, feminine hygiene products, and all sorts of stuff that doesn’t belong in a toilet bowl. Keep a wastebin next to the toilet for everything that isn’t human waste.
YouTube Makes DIY Easy
Well, yes, YouTube can make DIY easy, but more often than not it makes DIY look easy. If you’re in doubt when dealing with your own home’s plumbing, call a plumber instead and avoid making costly mistakes. Plunging toilets or cleaning out a sink P-trap are okay DIY projects, but complex jobs require professional expertise.
Greasing the Drains
English breakfast wouldn’t be the same without that tasty, greasy bacon, but where does all that grease go? Not down the drain, hopefully. Hot grease can cause plenty of damage as it congeals deep within your drains. Instead, allow grease to cool and harden and knock it in the rubbish with a paper towel.
Depending on Toilet Fresheners
Toilet fresheners are a great and handy little way to keep your toilet bowl clean and looking sanitary for little investment, but they’re no substitute for a weekly or bi-weekly cleaning with toilet bowl cleaner. These products often contain chlorine, which can damage components in the tank (some go directly into the bowl, which are all right).
Neglecting Washing Machine and Dishwasher Hoses
The hose connections for washing machines and dishwashers are often quite durable and can last about five years, but failing to replace the hose as it reaches the end of its lifespan can be disastrous as water may leak out and stain walls, cupboards, and floorboards. Inspect the hoses every so often and have a spare hose on hand if you notice signs of wear and tear.
Not Replacing the Water Heater
Similar to the above hoses, water heaters can begin to leak and crack as they near the end of their 8-12 year lifespan. With water heaters, you could also face hefty energy bills since all that hot water is now wasted.
Screwing in Sink Faucets Too Tightly
Drip, drip, dripping of your sink faucets can be quite annoying as well as costly for your water bill. Simply tightening the faucet can sometimes work, but sometimes the problem requires a plumber instead of excessive tightening.
Using a Poor Plumber
We don’t mean penniless, but poor quality. A good plumber can make all the difference between repairs made to last and shoddy repairs (or outright scams designed to get you calling them back a week afterwards).
For quality plumbing services in Melbourne, get in touch with Endeavour Plumbing today.