3 Mistakes To Avoid If You Want To Maintain Your Home's Plumbing

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Bathing, washing clothes, and just doing the dishes all require plumbing and a septic system that is in proper working condition. Unfortunately, without regular maintenance, your system may experience distress that leads to costly problems. Help is available, though! With this guide, you will learn a few mistakes you are making if you want to maintain your plumbing system.

Using Drain Cleaning Liquids

There is a common misconception that using liquid drain cleaners is key to maintaining your drains and pipes. In reality, these liquid cleaners are doing a great deal of harm to your plumbing and septic systems.

Most of the liquid drain cleaners contain toxic chemicals, which may effectively eat through tough food residue and grease. However, the chemicals are strong enough to cause a chemical reaction that can erode the interior of your drains and pipes.

Over time, excessive use of these liquid drain cleaners can damage pipes, increasing the risk of water leaks and water damage.

Tightening Plumbing Connections Excessively

Another mistake many homeowners make is thinking that a tighter plumbing connection is better. Again, this can actually do more harm than good.

Whether by hand or using tools, constantly tightening and cranking screws, nuts, bolts, and connections can strip out the pieces and put stress on elbows, couplings, and even your galvanized steel pipes. The stripping and the stress can cause small leaks or cracks in the plumbing fixtures and pipes that leads to extensive water leaks and costly damage.

If you have porcelain sinks and toilet components, the excessive tightening can crack the porcelain. You will most likely have to replace these plumbing fixtures to avoid leaks.

Ignoring the Water Bill

For community or city water users, you will have a monthly water bill that shows your household's total usage. This amount of the bill will depend on how much water you use, so if you are noticing an increase even though you have not increased the number of showers you take, laundry or dish cycles you run, or irrigation used outside, there is a problem that should be addressed.

An unexplained increase in your monthly water bill will probably mean you have a hidden water leak. This leak could stem from an issue inside the home, such as a running toilet or leaky faucet, but you may also have a leak outside affecting the main water lines.

To determine where the leak is, contact a company for plumbing maintenance services.

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Making Your Plumber's Job Easier

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