6 Costly Plumbing Mistakes You Didn’t Know You Were Making

Plumbers use many tools.

You never questioned dumping those small coffee grounds down your garbage disposal.

But maybe you should.

They might not harm the disposal itself, but they’ll soon turn into sludge and clog your disposal. And it’s not going to smell the same as coffee brewing in the morning.

A leaky pipe can turn into an indoor sprinkler real quick, and if there are children running around your home, a call to the plumber when a rubber duck gets flushed is inevitable. You can’t prevent everything, but you can make an effort to avoid these 6 costly plumbing mistakes.

1. Flushing and Draining Unwanted Items

When there are leftovers on your plate after dinner, dumping them into the rumbling garbage disposal seems the best option. The machine under your kitchen drain sounds powerful, but those potato peels or oils aren’t going very far. They may be out of sight, but large scraps of food can latch onto blades while oil and grease can harden and clog your drain. Your garbage disposal can only handle so much, and it’s your job to prevent further damage.

The same goes with your toilet. You might think those unwanted items will be flushed away, never to be seen again, but there’s a good chance they’ll show up again when the plumber unclogs your toilet. Staying conscious of what you flush will save you from spending money on a plumbing emergency.

2. Using Harsh Chemicals and Drain Cleaners

Not only do drain cleaners pose serious threats to humans if ingested, they’re not all that good for your drains, either. Pouring chemicals into your drain might begin to dissolve the hair or food that’s keeping you from functioning normally, but it probably won’t last long. Harsh chemicals cause damage to the environment and can even cause damage to the pipes in your home.

Get rid of those bottles and consider natural mixtures. If you’re in doubt, be sure to call the professionals — they’ve got all the tools to unclog your drain.

3. Putting on the Weight

We’re not talking about feeling guilty about the extra dessert. When you overload your showerhead with a caddy full of shampoo bottles, it could be slowly damaging your pipe fixtures. Choose a method of storage that doesn’t put too much weight on your plumbing, and avoid a costly mistake that could be ramping up without you even noticing.

Pipes also bend and break when you try too hard to turn off a faucet that’s actually leaking. If it’s in the Off position and but a little water is still running, it’s likely a leak that requires expert attention instead of your persistent force.

4. Ignoring the Little Things

That leaky faucet isn’t going to fix itself. When small leaks begin to surface in your home, it’s important to react right away. Water will continue leaking from your pipes and eventually cause more damage over time. Instead of paying more for a big fix, call a plumber right away and get a small repair before it’s too late to do so.

5. Paying Too Much For Your Water Bill

Did you know you’re probably overpaying on your water bill? There are always ways to improve efficiency, and that starts with your plumbing. Fix those leaks as soon as they happen while you consider updating your appliances and insulating your water heater.

Start saving for your next vacation instead of paying for that continuous drip of water slowly escaping your bathroom faucet. Overlooking this mistake could cost you big in the long run.

6. Not Talking to the Professionals

The plumbing in your home is what keeps you and your home clean. When you attempt DIY solutions on what should be fixed by the professionals, you could end up with more of a problem than what you started with.

It might seem appealing to attempt a plumbing fix yourself to save a few extra bucks, but keep in mind you might be paying a plumber more after your creative solution fails.

Whether you suspect a plumbing problem or you’re in doubt of how to react to a situation in your home, the experts at Benjamin Franklin Plumbing are always here to help. We are on call 24/7 — because sometimes it’s tough to avoid every problem in your plumbing. Whether it’s emergency plumbing or leak repair, our plumbers are always available.

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