We can’t expect every homeowner to be an expert on plumbing (if they were, we’d be out of business). Likewise, we can’t expect every homeowner to know when they’re making a mistake with their plumbing system. That’s why we’ve outlined 5 of the most common mistakes here for you.
Using Drain Cleaners
Chemical drain cleaners are often sold as a magical cure-all for all of your plumbing clogs. In reality, going all-out with the drain cleaners can be seriously damaging to your pipes. The chemicals in the cleaner can gradually deteriorate the pipes themselves, leaving you with corrosion and leaks.
If a professional plumber ever uses a drain cleaner, they’ll make sure that it’s a special formula that is approved for safe use in your drain.
Using a Drain Snake (Incorrectly)
Have you ever used a drain snake to break up a clog? They’re often readily available in hardware stores, but we don’t recommend using them unless you really know what you’re doing.
The drain snake consists of a long metal coil. At the very end of the coil is an auger. The idea is to shove the drain snake into the drain all the way down to the clog. You then turn a crank to stir the auger around, in the hopes that it breaks up the clog.
The issue with these, however, is that they can get stuck in your toilet or drain if you push them too far down. They can also scrape up your fixtures, leaving unsightly metal marks in the toilet bowl.
Too Many Fixtures and Appliances
In order for water to run through the pipes in your plumbing system, it requires a certain amount of pressure. If the pressure is too low or too high, certain plumbing devices can be used to compensate for this.
However, you may not have known that too many fixtures and appliances can reduce your water pressure. Instead of trying to install any fixtures by yourself, we recommend checking with a plumber in Oxnard, CA to see if that fixture should be installed in the first place.
Throwing Trash Down the Drain
Just about everyone should know that you’re not supposed to put trash down your toilet or kitchen drains. Very few people willingly wish to clog their drains with trash. More often, it’s the fact that most people just don’t realize which things aren’t supposed to go down there. For example:
- Coffee grounds
- Baby wipes, even if they claim to be flushable
- Rice, pasta, flour.
- Fats, oils, greases.
Not Turning Off the Water After a Leak
Let’s say you walk into your kitchen one morning and find that a slab leak has burst through the floor. There is also a puddle of water spreading across your floor. What’s the first thing you do?
If you’d reach for the phone and immediately call Evans Plumbing Inc for emergency services, we’re very flattered, but that’s the wrong thing to do. You should first shut off the main water supply to your home. No matter how big or small the leak, you first need to stop feeding it before you call in for repairs.