7 Things Plumbers Wish You Wouldn’t Do

Your home’s plumbing is a complex system or all different pipes and valves to whisk away waste and provide you with water on demand. With so many components in your home’s plumbing, something is bound to go wrong at some point. That being said, there are already some things you’re doing around the house that is hurting your home’s plumbing and asking for a problem. Here are 7 things you may be doing around the house that plumbers wish you wouldn’t.

7 Things Plumbers Wish You Wouldn’t Do

  1. Act like the toilet is a garbage can. Yes, we know there are many items that are labelled as “flushable” and your toilet manufacturer may say their product can take on anything but its best to only fill your toilet with human waste. Avoid paper towels, cleaning wipes, feminine hygiene products, and more.
  2. Use Drano. Drano is nothing more than powerful and caustic chemicals that will take away the clog, but will also strip your plumbing system. Frequent use of harsh drain cleaners will destroy your home’s plumbing.
  3. Attempt DIY fixed. Plumbing is complex and should be handled by a professional. Avoid tinkering with your hot water heater or opening up valves and pipes unless you want a bigger problem, leave plumbing issues to plumbers.
  4. Not change out water hoses. The rubber hoses that connect your dishwasher or washing machine will degrade over time and could lead to leaks. Plumbers recommend replacing rubber or plastic hoses every 5 years and avoid the issue be avoiding stainless steel hoses or lines where you can.
  5. Treat the sink disposal system like a garbage can. Despite their names like “in-sink-erator” most garbage disposals can only handle moderate amounts of waste. Avoid scooping your whole dinner into the sink and NEVER pour grease or fats down the garbage can.
  6. Use in-tank toilet bowl cleaners. Those in-tank toilet bowl cleaners will leave your toilet always looking clean but it does so at the expense of the rest of your plumbing system. Avoid these drop-in cleaners as they are often full of harsh chemicals.
  7. Not know where water valves and shutoffs are. Every homeowner should know where the water valves in the house are, especially the shutoff for the main valve. This can help you avoid big damage if you have an emergency but the plumber isn’t there yet.

If you can avoid these 7 issues, you will likely avoid plenty of plumbing headaches. Plumbers love business, but they also want you to take care of your home’s plumbing by treating it with care and not like your home’s secret dump.

Thanks to My Denver Plumber for this expert advice on things they wish you wouldn’t do.