Have you recently moved into a new home? Are you worried about unexpected and potentially disastrous plumbing issues that might arise? Fortunately, you can help prevent future issues with a few easy to follow instructions:
Don't over-crank faucets: If your home isn't brand new, you may have already discovered a slow drip in your bathroom or kitchen faucet. In an attempt to stop the leak, you may be tightening the faucet extra hard. While that may seem to be working right now, it may only be damaging your faucet. By over-tightening, you're stripping away the threads on the faucet handles. Eventually, the faucet may refuse to shut off or may break off in your hand and create a miniature geyser. Instead of over-tightening, you should simply replace the faulty washer in your sink. If you don't want to mess with your plumbing, this should be a relatively inexpensive fix for a plumber, like the ones at Midwestern Plumbing Service, to perform.
Don't put building products down the drain: You probably already realize that you shouldn't put things like joint compound or cement down your drain, but what about liquids like paint? Aside from being illegal in many places, it's just a bad idea to flush house paint down the drain. While washing an occasional paint brush may not hurt, leftover paint can clog up your plumbing system. Because it's not very water soluble, only part of the paint may get flushed away, leaving at least some of the solids behind. The paint can coat some of the organic solids that are already in your pipe, making it all but impossible for ordinary drain cleaners to do their job. If you've already poured paint or other household chemicals down your drain, you should consider finding a plumber with a fiber optic camera to perform an inspection of your sewer line. He or she will be able to tell you if there are now any issues that you should be concerned about.
Don't throw everything down the garbage disposal: If you've never had a garbage disposal before, you may have been thrilled to find out that your your new home would come equipped with a garbage disposal. A garbage disposal makes a lot of preparation work easier. But you really shouldn't put all garbage down a garbage disposal. While vegetables and even pasta are usually fine, you should avoid putting too many meat products down the garbage disposal. The fat and grease in meat and meat-containing foods will stick to the blades, causing odors and even eventually dulling the blades over time. The grease can also coat the insides of your plumbing, causing it to clog up. Put meat in your waste bin and only use the garbage disposal for foods that aren't fatty or greasy.