If you're dealing with clog after clog, or your drains have an inexplicable (and horrible) smell coming from them, it may be something you did. Below are three things you could be doing that can cause serious damage to your plumbing, resulting in thousands of dollars worth of repairs (not to mention the hassle).
Liberal Use of Drain Cleaner
While drain cleaners can take care of the occasional clog, they shouldn't be your go-to solution. Drain cleaners work by disintegrating the clog, which also means they can be tough on pipes. Over time, your metal piping will corrode and break down, leaving you with leaks and other issues to deal with. This can occur even sooner if there are plastic pipes involved.
If clogs occur only once in a while, it's more than likely safe for you to use a liquid drain cleaner. If clogs occur frequently, however, there could be a more serious issue that requires a plumber's expertise to solve.
Drop-in Toilet Fresheners
Everyone wants their toilet to be fresh and clean, but did you know that drop-in toilet fresheners are full of chemicals harmful to your home's plumbing?
As mentioned above, too many chemicals can cause corrosion of your plumbing, leading to more serious (and more costly) plumbing issues. The chemicals in the drop-in cleaners can damage parts in your toilet's water tank. The chemicals can also damage the porcelain within the bowl, leaving an unsightly ring in your toilet.
Diagnosing and Fixing the Problem Yourself
Not only can improper diagnosis of a plumbing issue waste time, but it can also cause serious damage and cost you thousands. Before you pick up the wrench, consider calling in a professional plumber.
While a handyman may know a thing or two about unclogging drains, it's best to leave plumbing to a trained, plumbing professional. The pipes that run from your sinks, tubs, and toilets all connect to the same pipe—the drain pipe that runs below your home. The problem you think you're fixing could actually be much worse than you thought, which is why professionals should be consulted.
Keep the above list in mind to avoid damaging your pipes and plumbing system. When you keep the use of drain cleaners to a minimum, avoid drop-in toilet bowl cleaners, and call in the professionals for a repair beyond your know-how, you can keep your plumbing system healthy and running as it should.
For more information, contact Hager Plumbing or a similar company.Share
23 February 2015
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