To many homeowners, pipes and faucets are a big mystery. This is part of the reason why so many homeowners make the same plumbing mistakes every year. Though every plumbing system will require professional repairs at some point, you can avoid unnecessary repair costs by following a few basic guidelines. Here’s a brief look at common plumbing mistakes everyone should be aware of.
Flushing Large Items Down the Toilet
People flush all kinds of things down the toilet—including trash. Toilets are only designed to flush toilet paper and human waste; everything else can get caught in the sewer line or septic tank and cause a backup. Instead of flushing sanitary napkins, cotton swabs, and facial tissues down the toilet, remember to throw them in the trash.
Sending Cooking Grease Down the Drain
Many people don’t hesitate to send hot cooking grease down the drain. While grease may be a liquid when it’s hot, it quickly solidifies once it cools down. If you regularly send grease down your kitchen drain, it’s only a matter of time before you experience a clog. After you’re finished with your grease, let it sit until it’s cool; then, throw it away in the trash or compost.
Overusing the Garbage Disposal
Though your garbage disposal may have the word “garbage” in its name, it should not be treated as a trash receptacle. Garbage disposals can handle small food scraps, but not large quantities of garbage. To prevent a disposal disaster, refrain from sending coffee grounds, bones, egg shells, and fibrous vegetables (i.e. celery) down your garbage disposal.
Neglecting Regular Maintenance
As with any part of your home, your plumbing system occasionally needs your attention. You don’t have to check on your water heater every day, but it is a good idea to have a professional look at it once a year or so. The technicians at Triple “T” Plumbing, Heating & Air of Spanish Fork can help maintain all aspects of your home’s plumbing—including your septic system.