It is typical for many home owners to completely neglect their plumbing system when it’s working just fine. More often than not, we do more than just neglect it. We also do things that could damage them, sometimes unknowingly. When something goes wrong, that’s the only time most of us pay any attention, which shouldn’t really be the case. We should always take care of our plumbing since it’s basically the most important part of a home’s infrastructure.
In fairness, we’re not the only ones doing things that damage our plumbing systems. Some are natural occurrences that we are essentially powerless to stop. Here are the top 6 things that can damage our plumbing systems.
This is one of the most common things that home owners do that can damage plumbing. While used oil may be liquid when you pour it down the drain of your kitchen sink, it will inevitably coagulate and build up over time, and will soon completely clog your drain. Soon all kinds of debris is going to be mixed in with the coagulated grease, and cause a blockage so bad you will have to call in a plumbing professional to fix it.
A toilet should be nothing more than a place for human waste, but many home owners treat it like some kind of trash receptacle. Sewer workers have complained about finding condoms, diapers, tampons, sanitary napkins, toys and all kinds of stuff that shouldn’t be there. Rubbish down the toilet doesn’t just damage your plumbing. When condoms and the like make it to the public sewers, they could damage the sewers and affect everybody else in your community.
Hair by itself causes relatively minimal damage to your plumbing. However, when it gets mixed up with grease and other stuff in your drain pipes, it will form a nasty mass that will completely block a drain.
4. Commercial drain cleaners
Many home owners use commercially available drain cleaners to get rid of blockages, but what they don’t realise is that such cleaners contain chemicals that not only damage plumbing in the long term, but also cause the environment harm.
5. Freezing weather
This is one of the causes of damage to plumbing that we could not do much about, especially when you’re living in the colder parts of the world. It is not unheard of for pipes, particularly the exposed ones, to freeze when temperatures drop. When pipes freeze, there is always the possibility that pipes will burst, and that is going to cause you problems.
6. Tree roots
Tree roots always search for water, and if your underground pipes are somewhere near a tree, it is highly likely that its roots will inch their way towards your pipes and cause massive damage. If you want to avoid this expensive and stressful situation, never plant trees or plants too close to a lateral line.
Whether plumbing problems surface out of neglect or natural occurrences, you are certainly going to need the services of a plumbing professional to repair the problem. That is something Beez Neez Plumbing can help you with. Give us a call, and we’ll take care of your plumbing problems for you.