Many problems you face with your plumbing stem from a simple lack of knowledge about your plumbing system. Several things you could learn from your plumber might save you a lot of headaches and money. Here are some of the top things plumbers wish they could teach you about your plumbing.
1. What Actually Flushes
Your products may say flushable, but that does not mean they break down enough for your pipes. Be careful what you flush down your toilet. Keep a trash can in your bathroom for things like wipes, scrubbers, and other hygiene products. Also, be mindful of how much toilet paper you are trying to flush.
2. What Can and Can’t Be Put in a Disposal
That garbage disposal may seem like it can handle just about anything, but that’s not true at all. Don’t drop whole chunks of food in it! Your disposal can’t sufficiently break down chicken skins, celery, a lot of fruits, and potato peels. If you are using the disposal, turn it on before dumping waste down and never wait until it is full to run it. Once a day, you toss several pieces of ice into the disposal to help clean it.
3. The Dangers of Chemical Draining Fluids
Your sink is backing up! What do you do? Grab that bottle of draining fluid and start pouring, right? Wrong! The chemicals in these fluids are more likely to break down your pipes than the clog in question. The best defense against clogs is a good offense: don’t send things that cause clogs down your drain in the first place. If you do get a clog, call a professional to come clear it for you.
4. Blue Water Is Bad
Dropping the toilet freshening cleaning tablets into a tank is one trick many people use. However, as much as you love the look of that blue water, the chemicals cleaning your bowl also break down parts inside your tank.
If you find yourself with a plumbing emergency like those described above, remember: fixing it yourself could make the problem worse. Instead, give Concord, CA Absolute Plumbing & Drain a call today, so we can fix your problem for you.