The plumbing in your house consists of toilets, sinks, bathtubs, dishwashers, water heaters and several other appliances. It also has a series of pipes that run throughout the home from each of the appliances to the street and eventually to a sewer line or a water line. All of these together make up the plumbing of your home. There are several plumbing problems that you can repair on your own, but you want to avoid some plunders that could cause damage to your plumbing and end up costing you more money.
Absolute Plumbing has a few mistakes you should avoid when doing plumbing repairs in your home.
Water to Plumbing Fixture Should be Turned Off: This is a rule that should be followed when it comes to plumbing repairs. You should at minimum turn the water off to the unit that you are working on. If you are having a major plumbing job done, you will want to have the water to the whole house shut off at the street during the repair. If you don’t follow this rule you could cause some major flooding. When a repair goes wrong the water can start to flood immediately and can do quite a bit of damage by the time you make it to a shut off valve. If you end up with a flood you now have to worry about possible effects of water damage that include mold and mildew.
Don’t Pour Grease Down Drains: One mistake that many people make is they will discard their old grease down a sink. This is a terrible idea and will lead to more serious plumbing problems requiring the assistance of a professional. It may seem like no big deal, but the grease will cause a serious blockage that can result in a drain that will simply not drain. The grease will stop halfway down the pipe because it is heavier than the water and will solidify. It will then cause more debris coming down the drain to adhere to the sticky grease. Slowly the drain will be clogged and over the counter drain-o will not be able to penetrate it.
Don’t Put Trash in the Toilet: The toilet is attached to the sewer line and everything that goes down the toilet eventually makes it there. The problem is that people will flush things other than waste and toilet paper down the toilet. Most of the time it is feminine hygiene products. These can get stuck in the line since the sewer line will taper off and get smaller as it leaves the house before it joins the actual sewer. When the line gets backed up you could have a serious sewer back up in your house. This is a very dangerous type of water damage and can lead to exposure to harmful bacteria.