We do several little things every day to keep our homes running, like taking out the trash, cleaning the drain, etc. Some homeowners don’t realize that some actions seem like they’re helping but are actually damaging your plumbing. Plumbing myths are commonly spread through neighbors and other plumbing blogs.
A good rule of thumb: if it doesn’t come from a pro, don’t take it to heart. Plumbing solutions aren’t always quick fixes. In fact, there’s a bit of science involved when it comes to plumbing repairs and mistakes. There’s no need to worry, though, because Blue Star knows just what to do to make your life easier. The following are eight ways you could be damaging your plumbing.
Putting peels and other fibrous foods in your garbage disposal.
Your garbage disposal isn’t as durable as you may think. It pulverizes food but can’t handle the tougher food scraps such as potato peels, corn husks, lemon peels, and celery stalks. Throw these and similar items in the trash.
Pouring grease down your kitchen sink.
Just because it’s liquid doesn’t mean it should go down your sink! Grease hardens as it cools, making it the perfect clog starter. Collect grease and throw it away in your garbage can instead.
Cleaning drains with liquid detergent.
Depending on the state of your plumbing, liquid drain cleaners can do some serious damage. The harsh chemicals erode pipes, causing leaks. In some cases, a drain cleaner won’t be able to clear the whole clog. It’s best to use a drain snake or call a plumber.
Leaving your hose connected in the winter.
During the winter, draining all water leading to your external plumbing will prevent frozen pipes and even leaks. Without disconnecting your hose, you have a higher chance of causing your pipes and hose to crack.
Not insulating your pipes.
Damage to your pipes will be fairly noticeable, especially if it’s due to a burst pipe. Homeowners that don’t insulate their exposed plumbing might see hundreds to thousands of dollars in damage. Keep water from freezing and your pipes from breaking by investing in foam insulation this winter.
Leaks are never a good sign! Whether they mean a worn component or a leaking pipe, make sure you call a plumber right away if you notice a leak. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that a shower leaking at ten drips per minute wastes more than 500 gallons per year.
Save money and water by getting that leaky faucet fixed as soon as possible.
Putting off system inspections.
Putting off system inspections will only make you spend more money in the long run. Without maintenance, your systems will need more repairs more often and a replacement sooner than expected.
If it’s just changing a washer and you’ve read up on all the requirements, that’s one thing; however, Blue Star experts should be the ones to perform large installations, repairs, and diagnostics of your issue.
We have the tools and experience to resolve any plumbing issue. Call our team whenever your plumbing requires a professional touch.