If you don't pay regular attention to your plumbing and what's going down the drains in your home, it can stop working at a moment's notice. For a lot of people, that means they have to stop doing a lot of things that they have gotten into the habit of doing. Here are three things that can cause problems for your plumbing.
1. Not removing hair and other debris from your shower and sink drain daily
It is only natural that your hair will get into the shower drain during your shower. Not only does it happen from washing your hair, but also from shaving. Some people have drain protectors that are meant to catch most hair and debris that can cause problems for your plumbing.
However, whether you have one of those or not, you need to be sure to clean the hair out of the shower or sink each day. Not doing so can lead to massive clogs in your pipes that can require the know-how of a professional plumber to eradicate.
2. Pouring food grease down the kitchen sink
You may think that pouring grease down your kitchen sink is fine. After all, why would there be a sink in the kitchen if you couldn't pour stuff like that down the drain? However, you shouldn't pour grease down the drain.
Have you ever seen what happens to grease after it cools off? It hardens up into a solid. It does the same thing after you pour it down the drain. Do this enough times and it will build up on the walls of your pipes and cause a blockage.
Of course, not only does pouring grease down your kitchen sink cause problems for the plumbing in your home, but it also causes problems for the septic tank and sewer. So, instead of pouring the grease down the drain, store it in a secure container and throw it in the trash can once the container is full.
3. Using your toilet as a trash can
These days so many people think they can flush pretty much anything they want down the toilet. They will flush cigarettes, medications, chemicals, diaper wipes, paper towels, dead pet fish, and even cat litter down the toilet. This is a big no-no. Not only can these things cause massive clogs in your pipes, but they can also cause problems for your septic tank or sewer. The only things that should be flushed down the toilet are toilet paper and human waste. Everything else belongs in the trash can that you need to place near the toilet.
If you have issues with your plumbing or drains, call in a professional from a company like Allright Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning.