Proper plumbing maintenance is crucial to ensuring a safe and functional home. Unfortunately, many homeowners make mistakes when dealing with plumbing issues, which can lead to costly repairs and potential health hazards. Some common plumbing mistakes include:
Using Chemical Drain Cleaners
Chemical drain cleaners are a common solution for unclogging drains, but they come with significant risks. These cleaners can damage pipes, corrode plumbing fixtures, and release harmful fumes that can cause respiratory issues. It’s also important to note that they can be harmful to the environment and water supply. Safer alternatives for unclogging drains include using a plunger, drain snake, or natural solutions such as baking soda and vinegar.
Too Many Fixtures In Such Small Spaces
When a home is being constructed, something that is often overlooked in design is the amount of fixtures in a space. For example, the bathtub or shower and the bathroom sink may be too close together, which can lead to tight spaces and overuse of fixtures, which can lead to one or more fixtures breaking down quicker. You should always look to keep fixtures and appliances a reasonable distance apart so that they can be used comfortably and the same fixtures are not being overworked.
Too Many Fixtures Overall
If you have too many fixtures in your home, this can lead to lower water pressure throughout your home. This will especially happen if you live in a highly-populated area such as a large city. Limiting how many fixtures you have in your home can help to keep the entire plumbing system working better for a longer period of time.
Flushing the Wrong Items Down the Toilet
Items to avoid flushing down the toilet include wipes (yes, even the so-called “flushable” type), cotton swabs, hair, and feminine hygiene products. Only waste and toilet paper should go down your toilet, lest you cause strain and wear on your whole plumbing system.
Ignoring Warning Signs
Ignoring warning signs of plumbing issues is a common mistake that can lead to severe consequences. Signs such as slow draining, foul odors, and water discoloration are indicators of potential plumbing problems. Ignoring these signs can lead to costly repairs and even health hazards such as mold growth and water damage. Homeowners should take these warning signs seriously and contact JT Plumbing Heating & Air to address any potential issues.
Neglecting Regular Maintenance
Regular maintenance is crucial to ensuring a plumbing system functions optimally. Neglecting maintenance can lead to serious issues such as leaks, clogs, and backups, resulting in costly repairs and potential health hazards. Contact us to schedule routine maintenance to catch and address issues before they become significant problems.
Contact us to discuss your plumbing issues with our expert plumbers and to ensure your pipes and plumbing fixtures remain in good working order. We service Loveland, Fort Collins, and greater Northern Colorado.