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A flooded basement or needing professional help with water lines during a renovation are good reasons to call a plumber. However, sometimes you reach for the phone in a panic due to situations that could have easily been avoided! Below are some of the most common plumbing errors to keep in mind so that you can work to avoid them:

Treating the garbage disposal like a trash can: Despite it’s name, not all garbage should go down the garbage disposal. While you may know the rules of your garbage disposal use – if you have guests at your home, make sure they know as well!

Not removing the disposal plug: Since installing a garbage disposal doesn’t require advanced plumbing skills, many homeowners take care of this on their own. However if the unit is to be connected to a dishwasher, a knockout plug in the disposal must be removed first. If it isn’t, water will leak everywhere.

Placing too much weight on fixtures: Be cautious of how many things you stack onto your shampoo racks that hang from the shower head. Too much weight can damage the shower head as they are not meant to hold weight. Same goes for resting your feet on the bathtub spout as a footrest.

Forgetting how things go back together: Taking apart plumbing components is easy – wish we could say the same about putting them back together. One thing that could help is documenting the exact disassembly process (either by writing things down or taking photos).

While there are plenty of home projects that don’t require advanced skill sets – there are equally some things that are better off left to the professionals. If you have a serious plumbing job to be done, don’t risk making a costly mistake – give us a call first!

At Patterson Plumbing & Heating our plumbers, drain cleaning techs and home heating and air conditioning professionals can repair any problem with your home’s plumbing, furnace, boiler or air conditioning. Give us a call today at 719-544-4922.

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