Did you know that small every day habits could be damaging your property’s plumbing? It’s true! You could be using sinks and toilets incorrectly without even realising with the build-up of damage resulting in expensive repairs.
Your plumbing is one of the most important features in your home and it’s easy to take it for granted, so we must look after it with proper care to ensure great conditions for many years.
Learn the best way to care for your home’s pipes by reading our blog and if you spot any habits that you do regularly – this could change your ways!
Litter in your plumbing
I’m sure many of us are guilty of this!
After mealtimes we rinse plates without removing any food residue first and let it go down the plug. Unless you have a food processor, you shouldn’t be putting any food down your drains. Instead, a change of habit is the solution. Either scrape your plates thoroughly or invest in a sink strainer – they’re cheap and very effective.
It’s not just your kitchen sink which is being littered, your toilet is too. Once flushed, items enter a three-inch drain pipe that connects to your main system. As there is such little space, any foreign items trapped could easily break or damage the pipes. Items such as cat litter, food, paper towels and sanitary towels are common culprits of plumbing issues in the bathroom.
Grease down the drain
Grease isn’t the word to us plumbers! In a similar thread to rinsing food down the drain, you should be aware that any form of grease down your drain can cause permanent damage and the cause of most domestic blockages.
When hot grease or fat is poured down the drain, it sticks to the pipe as it cools. And the more grease that is poured into the pipe, the quicker it will clog.
As an alternative, pour your cooking grease in a jar in the kitchen somewhere and wait for it to cool before disposing it in the bin.
Putting weight on your plumbing fixtures
Your hanging shower caddy with your products on may match your bathroom décor perfectly, but shower heads and plumbing fixtures were not meant to hold weight. Too many heavy bottles and shower accessories can cause damage to the shower head or other plumbing parts you may hang things from. An easy solution is to find a free-standing shower caddy or shower shelving.
Not identifying pipes in the walls
Before you get the tools out to start doing some simple home improvements, it is imperative that you understand where your pipes are behind your wall.
By blindly putting a hole in the wall without checking first you could cause a leaking pipe and some expensive repair work to go with it.
When it comes to items such as towel racks, always place these items into the studs of the wall. These are identified by purchasing a stud finder – a great investment if you want to avoid disaster.
One of the biggest damages to our plumbing is the homeowner taking matters into their own home. Plumbing can be difficult and intricate, which is why we’re on hand. Knowing when to call a plumber is extremely important and can save you money in the long run. If you have leaking pipes or any other issues you should contact a pro. If it’s a crisis we also offer 24 hour emergency plumbing services.