We all use our plumbing, without giving it much thought ... until something goes wrong. When you can no longer use sink and do the dishes, do laundry, or even shower ... It is a real disaster!
Every homeowner should pay attention to the plumbing in their home. This means, among other things, repairing leaks as they go, replacing damaged parts before everything goes loose and checking the water pressure on a regular basis.
But we must also analyze our habits and behaviours when faced with our tips! The advice of professional plumbers can help us change certain reflexes that are harmful to plumbing,
Start paying attentions to these 6:
1. Do not use corrosive chemicals
It is a mistake to use a commercial pipe cleaner in the sink in the hope that it does not clog. First, it's not effective. Secondly, this kind of product is very corrosive, according to Terry O’Shea, master plumber at Roto-Rooter. The professional explains that these substances are likely to eat away the pipes. They can even burn the skin when there is contact.
Despite the label's promises, these chemicals cannot dissolve hair!
According to another professional plumber, Aaron Mulder, these products "may remove some hair and grime ... But overall, they won't prevent new aggregate from forming. They will only push it beyond the reach of the chemicals. "
When the pipes are clogged, plumbers recommend enzymatic drain cleaners. You can also try to fix the problem by using a disgorger or a drainage snake, says Terry O’Shea.
However, we forget the hanger, says Aaron Mulder. You should know that anything that is rigid can damage the pipes and cause leaks, broken seals, bad odors and even insect infestations!
2. Never pour fat into the sink
When cooking bacon, for example, it's not a good idea to get rid of the fat in the pan by emptying it into the kitchen sink.
Because the fat will cover the walls of the pipes and will block the drain. Then some of that fat will go down the drain and mix with the raw sewage, forming a “fatberg,” a large aggregate that will damage the sewers.
Aaron Mulder suggests getting rid of fat in other ways instead. You can freeze it before throwing it in the trash, or pour it once it has cooled down into a tin can or jar that you throw away. Some cooks even save it for a future recipe!
3. Never throw wipes in the toilet
Even if a box of baby wipes or disinfectant indicates that they can be disposed of in the toilet, it is never a good idea. The only thing that can go in the toilet is toilet paper, says Aaron Mulder. Sanitary napkins, tampons, paper towels, and wipes will block the plumbing at one point or another.
All of this can seriously damage the sewage system, the local sewage treatment plant and be dangerous for public health.
So the wipes must go in the trash!
4. Do not use the garbage disposal as a garbage can
Aaron Mulder explains that the role of the sink garbage disposal should not be to dispose of garbage.
You can pass small pieces of food through it, but not eggshells, pieces of meat or coffee beans, for example.
"These objects force the element or cause it to overheat," says Mr. Mulder.
This habit damages the crusher and ultimately destroys it. In addition, since the grinder is not designed to remove food, leftover meat will decompose in the pipes, leading to unpleasant odors.
You can always put on them in the compost!
5. Do not neglect preventive maintenance work
Plumbing should be serviced as regularly as a car, even when everything seems to be fine. Every plumber understands that proper home maintenance helps prevent major damage, such as leaks, corrosion and septic tank problems.
It is imperative to check the water pressure annually to ensure that its level is safe. One should learn about regional PSI standards, and a water pressure gauge can be purchased at the hardware store.
It is also important to watch for leaks and clogs and damaged parts in toilets, sinks, tubs and showers.
Mr. Mulder further advises checking the supply lines, which allow water to flow to individual taps, to ensure they are in perfect condition. Many power lines have a lifespan of no more than three to five years.
6. Do not postpone repairs
A little plumbing problem that pops up on the weekend isn't what you want. But if we get up with the bathroom flooded, we must act quickly.
"If you think it is a water leak, it is essential to fix the problem before it gets out of hand", argues Aaron Mulder, recalling that a plumbing failure will never solve itself!
Let us remember that any problem put aside can only get bigger ...
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