Bad Plumbing Habits to Break in the New Year

Bad Plumbing Habits to Break in the New Year

The end of 2019 marks not only the end of the year but also the decade. Despite this, many homeowners still make the same plumbing mistakes that they made ten years ago. With the start of a new year, now is the perfect time to break some of these bad plumbing habits.

1. Overusing Chemical Drain Cleaners

The first bad habit to break is relying on chemical drain cleaners too much. These caustic cleaners weaken PVC pipes and damage old metal pipes. Over time, weakened pipes can crack, which leads to water damage in your home. Instead, consider using biodegradable drain cleaners in between having a professional clean your pipes properly.

2. Letting Hair Go Down the Drain

Nothing clogs up a drain faster than hair. Many of us shave in the shower, and dead hair falls out and runs down the drain as we shampoo. Unfortunately, hair easily gets caught in soap buildup in the drain. These thick fibers cling to the inner surface of your pipes, allowing other gunk to build up.

A professional can clean hair from your pipes, but you should take steps to avoid this buildup as well. According to Home Worthy List, here are some of the best shower hair catchers that you can buy:

  • TubShroom.

  • DANCO Tub Drain Protector Hair Catcher.

  • OXO Good Grips Bathtub Drain Protector.

  • Uxoz Drain Hair Catcher.

3. Treating Your Garbage Disposal Like a Trash Can

It's easy to think of your garbage disposal as a trash can that's built into your sink. However, it isn't made to handle large leftover scraps. You might even think that it's fine to run hot grease and oil down the garbage disposal as long as you wash it down with hot water. However, this isn't the case. The food and grease that you put down your garbage disposal eventually congeals and forms a blockage inside of your pipes.

On the subject of what not to put in your garbage disposal, there are some foods that you should never put in it. For example, never put pasta, rice, or fibrous foods into your garbage disposal. You should never put coffee grounds down your sink, either.

4. Flushing Cleaning Wipes Down the Drain

Some bathroom cleaning wipes are designed to be flushed down the toilet. However, you should never flush baby wipes or other household cleaning wipes. Those cleaning cloths are made of woven fibers that don't break down the same as bathroom tissues. Because of that, they can get stuck in your pipes and cause severe blockages. If people in your neighborhood are doing the same thing, the entire sewage system in your area could suffer.

5. Ignoring Warning Signs

Homeowners often make the mistake of waiting too long to have a professional clean their pipes. However, pipes that get clogged all the time are sending you a warning sign that something is wrong, so you need to have it looked at by a professional.

Eventually, you could have a busted pipe that leaks behind your walls and leads to mold and water damage. In the long run, waiting to have your pipes looked at can cost you even more money.

Call a Professional Today

If you're dealing with clogs regularly and pouring store-bought chemicals down the drain, stop immediately. They do more harm than good. Call High 5 Plumbing at (720) 330-4868 to fix your pipes correctly.
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