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5 Common Plumbing Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them)

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5 Common Plumbing Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them)

Your home’s plumbing is a very important aspect of your space. When the plumbing fails, or something goes wrong, it feels like your comfortable living situation gets turned upside down. Unfortunately, a lot of plumbing problems are caused directly by the people that use the plumbing. We put together a list of five of the most common major plumbing mistakes for you to avoid. Check out what we found!

These five major plumbing mistakes are actually very common– don’t feel too bad if you’re guilty of a few of them!

5. Overusing Or Using The Wrong Chemical Drain Cleaners

This is a big one that not a lot of homeowners know about. It may be tempting to use drain cleaner constantly. Especially if you have narrow or old pipes that seem to clog super easily. Commercial drain cleaners are absolutely a great way to clear out clogs and get rid of stubborn residue. However, using too much or using drain cleaner too often can seriously damage your drains, costing you a big chunk of change in the end. Drain cleaners are made of extremely harsh chemicals that can damage your drains significantly. These chemicals can easily burn through thick waste and residue, but eventually, through overuse, they can eat away at the metal and plastic material that makes up your pipes. In that same subject, using drain cleaner in the wrong spots can also be a dangerous decision.

Most commercial drain cleaners are good to use in bathroom drains and kitchen sinks, but homeowners make the mistake in pouring them where they shouldn’t– in the toilet.

How To Avoid Overuse And Poor Use of Drain Cleaner

Use an alternative, such as an environment-friendly green alternative product or eco-friendly plumbing service. You can even DIY your own drainer too:

  1. Mix half a cup of white vinegar with half a cup of baking soda and pour the mixture down your pipes.
  2. About an hour or two later, pour some boiling water (about a gallon or so) down the drain as well.

Using a pipe snake is another great alternative if loose hair clumps are the culprit behind your clogged pipes. Also avoid using commercial drain cleaner in your toilet, unless it is specifically noted on the product’s label that it is safe to use in the toilet piping. Like other pipes, avoid overuse of a toilet-specific drain cleaning product.

4. Leaving Out Hoses in the Winter

If you garden or use your outdoor hose every once in a while, it may be easy to forget to disconnect the hose from your home’s faucet. However, it’s an absolute must. Keeping your garden hose connect during the winter months, especially if you live in a harshly cold climate, can lead to your lines bursting after freezing. This, of course, will cost quite a bit of money to fix.

How To Avoid Freezing Pipes?

It’s easy– just remember to disconnect your hose, keep your faucet turned off, and store your hose aware for the winter.

3. Poor or Lack of Traps and Vents

All fixtures, especially in the basement, need to have a decent vent. Each trap you have should also have a vent as well. Water can siphon out of a poorly vented trap and will leave your traps dry and unusable. An S-trap should also be avoided for use with a sink drain, too.

How To Avoid Lack of Vents and Traps

A P-trap is the ideal trap to be used for a sink drain over an S-trap. Just as well, try combining vents in your home. Be sure to double check with your local building code to make sure combining vents in your space is legal and safe. Also take the time to install a vent near all of your traps– no matter what. This may seem costly at first, but it will absolutely save you money in the long run.

A wise choice would be to invest in a quality plumbing, heating, and cooling service to use their professional skill and experience to do the job properly for you.

Also take the time to note common errors used when installing vents and traps, too.

2. Installing The Wrong Type of Pipes

It may be tempting to do it yourself when it comes to plumbing, especially if your issue is just a couple of minor water leaks in your pipes.

However, this could be a dangerous choice. When one replaces a leaking pipe, a novice or inexperienced plumber tend to choose the wrong size of pipe, the wrong size of connectors, or the wrong materials in general. It may seem like you’ve done a good job if the leaking stops and everything looks tights. However, if you use the wrong material, you could be risking serious and costly complications later on in your plumbing’s shelf life.

How To Avoid Unfit Pipes

Either do some heavy research on the parts and steps to replacing a leaky pipe, or trust a professional plumbing service to do it for you.

1. Leaving The Tap On

If you discover a pipe leak and you’re in a hurry (or the panic of flooding sets in if it’s an especially bad leak) you may forget the one thing you should do first– shut off the water! No matter how small the leak seems, it’s important to shut your water off before attempting to take care of the patching of the pipes on your own. Failure to do so while you’re fixing the pipe may lead to a mess of water on your home’s flooring and additional damage to the pipes, both things you want to avoid. At worst, the panic of needing to fix a very bad leak could lead to you forgetting to turn off the water. When you go to remove the pipe, you know what’s going to happen– a full-blown flood that’s going to cost quite a bit of cash to fix.

How To Avoid Leaving Your Water On

It’s simple. Just turn off the water!

Do your best to remember to turn off your water tap. If you’ve just moved into a new home, familiarize yourself with the location of your main water valve.

Get To Fixing Those Pipes!

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We’d love to hear what you think, as well as any other plumbing mistakes tips you might want to share!

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