Not everybody possesses the knowledge of a professional plumber, but having a basic understanding of these five things can help prevent costly problems down the road.
Just because something is labeled as “flushable”, it doesn’t mean it is.
Bathroom wipes can damage your home’s plumbing system and cause major clogs – even if they are labeled as “flushable”. The only household item that can safely be flushed down the toilet is toilet paper. Wipes, Q-tips, tissues, and feminine hygiene products should all be disposed of in a wastebasket.
It’s never okay to pour grease down the drain.
Pouring grease or liquid fats down your sink is asking for trouble, even if you flush it with hot water. Grease solidifies as it cools, and once it hardens in your pipes, clogs will soon follow. Instead of pouring it down your sink, let the grease cool in a pan, and scrape it into the garbage where it belongs.
You should flush your water heater once per year.
Tap water that enters your water heater contains trace amounts of minerals, such as calcium and magnesium. Over the course of several months, these minerals begin to accumulate in your tank in the form of sediment. This takes up valuable storage space and can lead to increased energy consumption. Flushing your tank once every year prevents these problems and can even extend your water heater’s lifespan.
Dripping faucets can help prevent freezing pipes.
For three-quarters of the year, dripping faucets are a problem. However, during the winter months, they can actually help prevent frozen pipes by keeping the water flowing. If you are leaving on vacation or expecting a deep freeze overnight, open your faucet enough that it drips every few seconds.
Not every problem is a DIY fix.
Sure, you can unclog your toilet, and maybe even repair a leaky faucet. However, some jobs require the tools and knowledge that only a professional plumber possesses. Trying to solve these problems on your own will only lead to trouble and frustration.