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THINGS THAT CAN DAMAGE YOUR PLUMBING SYSTEM

By taking precautions in what you do when using your plumbing system, you can avoid any unexpected plumbing emergencies.

The most commonly used system in our homes is our plumbing systems. We use our plumbing systems every single day when washing our hands, taking a shower, hosing your garden and more. With how often we use our plumbing system, it becomes more likely that plumbing issues are bound to take place eventually. Plumbing systems are far from invincible and plumbing emergencies can take place when you least expect it. The best way to avoid the possibility of a plumbing emergency is to avoid doing things that could damage your plumbing system. 

Without doing harmful things to your plumbing system in the first place, you can save a significant amount of time and money that you will otherwise have to spend on repairs and expenses. 

With this in mind, here are the most commonly used procedures that can affect your plumbing system:

Only using harsh drain cleaners
  • Drain cleaners can appear to do good but will only cause more harm to your plumbing system. Many drain cleaner related products contain many harmful chemicals that could affect your pipes. Some drain cleaners have strong chemicals that can cause dangerous chemical reactions in your pipes, resulting in cracked pipes and corrosion. On top of this, chemical-based drain cleaners are typically ineffective in unclogging drains.
  • A better alternative would be to utilize a drain cleaner that does not use heavy chemical amounts. You can also attempt to unclog a drain using a plunger. However, if you have a severely clogged drain, it is best to contact a plumbing professional for drain cleaning.
Flushing down un-flushable objects
  • Most people believe that flushing solid objects down your toilet will barely affect your plumbing system. However, this is not the case. By tossing down objects such as paper towels, baby wipes and feminine hygiene products it could result in a clog. Unclogging a toilet is not an easy process either, as it can turn into a costly repair expense.
Attempting to conduct plumbing repairs on your own
    • Whenever you get a plumbing emergency, you may think to yourself: “I can repair it on my own”. However, attempting to conduct major plumbing repair on your own can have serious consequences if you fail to take the necessary steps. Whether you forget to turn off the water before doing a project or incorrectly connect metal pipes together, it can result in your plumbing emergency only getting worse. 
    • At the end of the day, it is best to contact a reputable plumber for plumbing emergencies. By calling a professional, you can avoid the risk of a DIY error turning into a major repair expense.
Letting FOG go down your drain
    • Allowing Fat, Oil and Grease (FOG) to go down your kitchen sink can have severe effects on your plumbing system. FOG can build up and settle into your pipes, causing severe clogs, which can be costly to resolve. 
    • The best fix for this is to throw FOG away into your garbage instead. This will save you the hassle of dealing with a major clog in your drain.
Using drop-in toilet cleaners
  • Drop-in toilet cleaners may seem like a quick and easy way to clean your toilet bowl, however it could damage parts of your toilet’s tank. If your toilet cleaner has chlorine, it could cause corrosion to the parts of your tank. It is best to use an ordinary toilet bowl cleaner over drop-in cleaner with chemicals such as chlorine in it.
When attempting to conduct DIY plumbing repairs, you are at risk of making your plumbing emergency even worse.

THINGS THAT CAN DAMAGE YOUR PLUMBING SYSTEM

Not replacing the hoses of your washing machine and dishwasher
  • Your washing machine/dishwasher hose has a lifespan of around five years. After this period it is best to replace them as they could unexpectedly burst out of nowhere one day.
Not taking freezing pipe precautions
  • Many people avoid taking freezing pipe precautions when winter comes around. However, by insulating your pipes you can prevent them from bursting.
Leaving your hoses connected throughout the winter
  • By leaving your hoses connected throughout the winter, it can cause cracks in your hose or pipes. At the end of summer, it is best to disconnect the hose to avoid plumbing damages.
Avoiding water heater replacement
  • Typically, water heaters will last around 8-12 years, while newer models can last up to 20 years. However, to avoid leaks, a higher energy bill or even a drop in water pressure, it is best to replace your water heater as it wears out.

These are the most considerable things that can take a toll on your plumbing system. So it is best to avoid preventable things and take the necessary measures to preserve the condition of your plumbing system.

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