Seven Things Your Plumber Won’t Tell You

If you’ve ever had problems with your pipes you’ll want to read these plumbing tips that will help you have an upper hand when you have a plumber over to fix any future problems.

Watch out for Long or Shedding Hair
If you or anyone in your home sheds hair regularly, you may want to buy a drain strainer or a hair snare. Alternatively, you and everyone in your home should use a paper towel to clear the drain. Soap can gum up the pipes, too, so use as little of that as you can.

Ditch the Harsh Drain Cleaners
Using corrosive chemicals to dissolve a clog is like throwing a grenade down a gopher hole. Instead, flushing your drains weekly with a half cup of baking soda and one cup of vinegar is recommended. Let it fizz in the drain for ten minutes, then pour in four cups of boiling water.

Never Trust The “flushable” Label
Your Plumber might not tell you this, but there are a number of things you shouldn’t flush. Don’t flush floss, tampons, or even so-called “flushable” wipes. They don’t break down like toilet paper does and can come back to haunt you later.

Toilets are more water-efficient now than they were 20 years ago, so there sometimes isn’t enough volume in the flush to force debris down. An object will get lodged in the trap and cause blockage when waste builds up days later.

Don’t Flush Cooking Grease
Don’t pour fat down the drain. Wipe your pan with paper towels and compost them. Grease can become rock-hard and may require you to consult a plumber to remove the clog.

Take Bricks Away From The Toilet Tank
Some people allege that putting a brick in the toilet tank can save water, but doing that can stop your toilet from flushing correctly. Also, do your best to avoid liquid drain cleaners. Liquid drain cleaners are bad news because they eat away at the pipes. Try a plunger instead.

Have a Plumber Check A Place Before Moving In
Buying a home or moving into a new place? Have a plumber scope your underground drain system with a camera to check for roots, collapses and other problems that typically aren’t visible.

Spending small on an investigation could save you tens of thousands later in repairs for flood cleanup, excavation, and pipe replacements.

Know Where The Main Turnoff Source Is
You may find yourself in a situation where your house will get flooded from a burst pipe and that is where knowing where the main turnoff off switch can save the day. The location of the main turnoff source is one of the main things every homeowner should know to save money and prevent big screw-ups.

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