Imagine waking up late one Monday morning. You jump to the bathroom to do what you need to do. But when you tried to flush the toilet, you see the water, together with what’s inside it coming out, overflowing from the bowl to your bathroom floor. Disaster, right?
This is just one of those plumbing emergencies that we don’t want to face ever. And because only a few of us knows what to do during these trying times, we’re sharing with you today some tips on how to avoid any form of plumbing emergencies.[caption id="attachment_813" align="alignleft" width="300"] leaking water pipe puddle on the floor[/caption]
Use your Garbage Disposal Wisely
Professional plumbers remind us that garbage disposals are not replacements for trash cans. Yes, they save us from the hassle of being overly safe on what we put down the drain. But not all of our trash are supposed to go down the garbage disposal.
Using this plumbing fixture wisely means not abusing it. Instead of incessantly and whimsically throwing everything to your garbage disposal, it is advised that you put turkey, chicken, and steak bones to the trash can instead. Avoid overloading the garbage disposal by gradually putting trash down. You don’t want to be faced with a situation that this plumbing equipment crashes, because that would be a huge ugly mess.
Avoid throwing oil and grease down the drain
With or without garbage disposal in your sink, you should be careful enough not to let any grease or oil accumulate in your kitchen’s plumbing system. Although it maybe unavoidable to throw some of these particles to your sink, you can do some preventive measures like cleaning the drain at least once a week.
You can simply use vinegar, lemon, baking soda, and hot water to do this. This mixture can even disinfect your whole kitchen sink. This way, the grease and oil accumulating down the drain or pipes for the whole week will be melted and flushed out.
Don’t abuse the faucet handles
Another annoying plumbing emergency that we don’t want to encounter is a broken faucet handle. The very simple way to avoid this is by being gentle in turning the faucet off after every use. This seems to be a no-brainer, but most of us still fail to observe it. At the first sign of a damaged faucet handle, you better inspect the problem and have it checked by your trusted plumber.
Use the plunger at the first sign of toilet clog
It’s never a good idea to wait for a toilet clogging problem to get worse before you do something about it. The first time you notice that your toilet bowl is having some difficulties flushing the water and waste down, you should use the plunger right away to know if there’s something that can possibly cause clogging.
Have your plumbing system checked every six months
No, you can’t make any excuse for not having your pipes, toilet bowls, faucets, and other plumbing fixtures checked by professional plumbers regularly. Find a reliable contractor who provides this service at a reasonable rate. Hire them to check your plumbing system every six months. This is the ultimate and safest way to avoid facing any plumbing emergencies in the future.]]>