Plumbing, although essential, is largely a behind-the-scenes part of your Cape Coral, FL, home. The value of the plumbing system becomes strikingly apparent when damage occurs or problems such as drain clogs and pipe bursts arise. Avoid self-inflicted damage to your plumbing system by stopping these three bad habits.
1. DIY Cleaning with Drain Cleaners
Drain clogs are usually responsible for the slow draining of water, which can be a nuisance if it occurs regularly. While convenient store-bought drain cleaners offer you a quick do-it-yourself option, this isn’t necessarily a good thing for your plumbing system. Drain cleaners that are effective at clearing away clogs can also corrode your pipes.
The strong chemicals present in drain cleaners can also eliminate waste-eating bacteria present in septic tanks. Consistent use in small doses makes the pipes susceptible to cracks and damage in the long run.
We suggest you hire a professional plumber to clear drain clogs present in your pipe system. For immediate relief, using a plunger can help with slow drainage.
2. Misusing Your Garbage Disposal
When washing your dishes, pots, and pans, do you rinse all the contents down your drain? If you do, don’t expect your garbage disposal to function as a trash can. Garbage disposals can’t effectively dispose of items such as animal bones, coffee grounds, or expandable foods like pasta and rice.
Greasy substances such as fats and oil can cause extreme damage to your pipes. The notion that pouring hot water washes away the grease is just a myth. Instead, the grease tends to solidify and clog the drainpipes, causing blockages.
3. Disposing of Garbage in the Toilet
Household trash and garbage will damage your pipes over time. Such damage can cause clogs and sewage backups. Only toilet paper is suitable for flushing down the toilet.
Now that you’ve read this guide, you should be more aware of your habits and how they affect your plumbing. Contact us at Lee County Plumbing & Well Service experts for all your plumbing repairs and maintenance services.
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