Learning about your home’s plumbing may feel like a boring task, but the next time a common plumbing problem arises and you need the help of a drain rooter, you can reduce the problem instead of making it worse for your plumber.
A clogged or slow draining fixture is a very common issue that every home is bound to encounter. While this is a very easy job for a drain rooter, many homeowners just rush to the store for the first chemical based drain cleaner they can find and call it a day. This method seems like it solves the issue, but it is really just a temporary fix for the problem that can cause more harm overtime. While these harsh chemicals break down the obstruction causing the clog, they also target the inner lining of the pipes, causing them to be more brittle and put at a higher risk of needing a repair.
Another helpful tip that can turn a disaster into a nuisance is knowing where your main water valve is. In the case of a ruptured pipe where water is leaking, you want to shut off the flow of water and minimize the water bill as well as the cost of cleanup. Maintenance is important for a house’s plumbing system. While you can do quite a bit to keep everything running smoothly, you will still want a professional to perform an inspection every now and then (for a minimum of once every two years). It can be helpful to set a date that you routinely go through home maintenance so you don’t forget.
Some smaller tips that can reduce the need of a plumber include: Being careful about what you let fall down the drain, keeping your water heater up to date, and not attempting a DIY plumbing unless you have the tools (such as a drain rooter) and the know-how.