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Tips for Avoiding a Plumbing Disaster

From severely clogged drains to burst pipes to sewage backflow to water heater breakdowns, plumbing emergencies are extremely overwhelming; however, most of them are entirely preventable. While you can’t control everything, there are many precautions you can take to avoid a major plumbing problem. Keep reading to learn more.

Never Use Over-the-Counter Drain Cleaners

Over-the-counter (OTC) drain cleaning products often contain very harsh chemicals that corrode your pipes. When used frequently, they do more harm than good, as they can break down your pipes until they crack or burst. Instead of using OTC drain cleaners, it is best to schedule professional drain cleaning services.

Be Careful About What You Put Down Your Drains

Many people tend to treat their drains like trashcans without realizing they are potentially damaging their plumbing systems. Just because something can be flushed or placed in the garbage disposal, doesn’t mean it should be. There are numerous items that can easily get caught in your pipes on their way out of your home, which can result in clogs, sewage backflow, burst pipes, and other plumbing problems.

Below are 18 items that should never go down your drains:

  1. Grease
  2. Oil
  3. Fat
  4. Feminine hygiene products
  5. Q-tips
  6. Cotton balls
  7. Paper towels
  8. Bones
  9. Fruit pits
  10. Fibrous vegetables
  11. Rice
  12. Pasta
  13. Eggshells
  14. Coffee grounds
  15. Flushable wipes
  16. Makeup wipes
  17. Floss
  18. Hair

Flush Your Water Heater

Over time, sediment builds up within your water heater tank, which can result in a clog, no hot water, or a water heater leak. To avoid these issues, your hot water tank needs to be flushed 1-2 times per year. It is possible to do this task yourself, but it is time consuming and can be a disaster if handled incorrectly. We recommend hiring a team of professionals to ensure the job is done correctly.

Schedule Professional Drain Cleaning Services

Your drains should be cleaned by qualified plumbers at least once a year. Professional drain cleaning services blast away buildup, remove clogs, eliminate drain odors, and keep your pipes flowing freely. This significantly reduces the risk of plumbing emergencies such as clogged drains, burst pipes, and wastewater backing up into your drains.

Handle Repairs Early On

If your plumbing system is acting up, it is crucial to have it inspected by a professional right away. Even issues that appear to be minor can either A) be a sign that something more serious is going on within your system, or B) cause extensive damage to your system over time. Having problems repaired early on can help you to avoid a major plumbing emergency down the line.

Call a plumber right away if you experience:

  • Leaking faucets
  • Sudden spikes in your water or gas bill
  • Frequently clogged toilets
  • Gurgling drains
  • Mysterious puddles of water

EnviroSafe Is Here to Help

Backed by 40+ years of service excellence, there is no plumbing problem too big or too small for EnviroSafe to take on. Our plumbers have undergone extensive training and are fully qualified to take care of your plumbing system.

For help preventing a major plumbing emergency, turn to the plumbers at EnviroSafe. Give us a call at (856) 878-2806 today!