With drains that are constantly clogged, and toilets that run for hours, homeowners can get tired of calling a plumber for help. However, treating plumbing issues oneself can create problems. Here are plumbers’ biggest pet peeves:
Chemically loaded drain cleaners rarely get the whole clog. The chemicals in them can also ruin pipes over time. It’s best to have a plumber dislodge the whole clog and work on preventing it from happening again.
- Toilet Mistreatment
There are people who think the toilet can dispose of anything. However, these items can create large clogs and issues in the pipes. They don’t disintegrate quickly and end up sitting there causing ongoing problems.
- Water Valve Confusion
Homeowners should be familiar with where every water valve and emergency shut off valve is in their home. Knowing where they are at can save homeowners thousands in plumbing and water damage repairs during an emergency.
- Drop-In Toilet Fresheners
The chemicals in these fresheners can deteriorate the condition of the toilet. While disintegrating, they can get stuck in the flush valve and prevent the toilet from flushing.
- Old Hoses
By changing out the rubber hoses on washing machines and dishwashers every five years, flooding disasters can be prevented. These hoses will burst without warning, so it’s best to be safe and replace them in a timely manner.
- DIY Plumbing
While small issues can be fixed by homeowners, most plumbing issues should be left to a professional plumber. DIY work can end up costing homeowners thousands of dollars in repairs, much more than a plumber would have originally charged them.
- No Leak Protection
A leak protection system with an alarm and shut off valve can be a lifesaver for homeowners. It alerts them when water is present and stops the leak so they can call a plumber and get it taken care of without water damage.
- Abusing the Garbage Disposal
The garbage disposal is picky about what it will accept food and scrap wise. Learn what is allowed to go in the garbage disposal and what should never be put in it. Also make sure to run cold water while slowly putting the waste down the drain.
- Outdated Hot Water Heaters
While most water heaters can last about 12 years, people tend to overestimate their lifespan. Old water heaters will fail and can cause water damage.
- Adjusting the Pressure Valve
Attempting to drain the water heater or test its temperature and pressure oneself is a bad idea. This could end up causing burns or property damage if the valve is not properly removed.
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