Your Plumber Wants You to Stop Doing These 10 Things Right Away

Needing a plumber in Toronto can be unavoidable if you are dealing with a dripping or burst pipe. But the majority of times, you can prevent clogging your pipes or breaking your garbage disposal, both of which can be expensive to take care of.

Here are some of the most regular issues our professionals get calls about at Service Experts Commercial HVAC and how you can prevent them.

1. Flushing “Flushable” Wipes

Despite the fact they might be referred to as “flushable wipes,” the ideal place for them is the waste bin. The only thing that should be flushed (except for the obvious) is toilet paper and septic treatments, if you use a septic system.

A Canadian study that looked at 101 such wipes found they all failed a flushability test, according to Forbes. Because flushable wipes don’t disintegrate like toilet paper, they can clog your sewer line and make your toilet back up.

They can also cause problems with city sewer systems or your septic tank. These wipes can combine with other yucky things that shouldn’t be flushed down the toilet, including cooking fat and hygienic products, to result in a fatberg. As well as being dirty and just plain nasty, environmental nonprofit Green America says these buildups are pricey to repair. If you rely on a city sewer system, those are expenses that could get passed on to you in the future.

No matter what kind of wipe you’re using—makeup remover, cleansing, baby or sanitizing—it should be thrown in the trash once you’re finished.

2. Flushing Other Things That Belong in the Waste Bin

In addition to flushable wipes, there are a few other things that don’t belong in your toilet. These cover:

  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Makeup remover pads
  • Cat litter

Like wipes, these things can block your sewer line and overflow your toilet, saddling you with a costly (and gross) mess.

3. Relying on Automatic Toilet Bowl Cleaner Tabs

Having drop-in toilet fresheners could seem like a smart way to keep your toilet bowl fresh, but they can cause more trouble than good. These tablets usually contain chemicals, like bleach, which can eat through rubber parts in the tank. And as the tablets break down, they can clog the toilet and keep it from flushing.

4. Dumping Chemical Drain Cleaners

If your sink is clogged, your first answer could be to purchase a cheap liquid drain cleaner. However, there are some things you should know about these drain cleaners.

  1. They’re poisonous. Drain cleaners are a toxic mixture of chemicals that can burn your skin and eyes. They also create severe fumes that can cause respiratory irritation. 
  2. They can eat away at your pipes. If these cleaners can burn your skin, consider what they can do to your pipes: corrosion, fractures and even failure. 
  3. They’re not good for the environment. As you can imagine, these substances aren’t very helpful for the environment. 
  4. They might not even unplug your drain. In spite of all the chemicals they include, drain cleaners sometimes don’t even work or only work for a short time. That’s due to the fact they often force the clog more into your plumbing until it leads to a major problem.

If you do require a drain cleaner, we recommend using an enzymatic cleaner. These chemical-free cleaners have bacteria and enzymes to get rid of clogs and bad odors. While they can take more time than a chemical-based cleaner, they’re better for you, your plumbing and the environment.

If you have a strong clog that just won’t break up, getting in touch with a professional plumber like Service Experts Commercial HVAC is your smartest option for drain cleaning. While you can rent a drain auger or plumbing snake, it’s simpler to have a pro do the job. That way, you’ll also prevent harming your pipes and a host of bad issues including leaks, damaged seals and troublesome odors.

After your drain is flowing freely, keep it that way by using a screen to keep hair or food scraps from blocking it again.

5. Pouring Grease Down Your Sink

It might seem like it’s not a problem to drain a small amount of fat down your drain. But over time, that grease can grow and plug your pipes. If the grease gets into the sewer system, it can build up with flushable wipes and develop a yucky fatberg like we mentioned prior.

To avoid plumbing issues, drain the fat into a container. After it solidifies, you can dump it in the waste can.

6. Relying on Your Garbage Disposal for Everything

Your garbage disposal is a useful tool for getting rid of tiny bits of food. But it can’t break up everything. To avoid issues or clogs, we suggest not putting these items down your garbage disposal:

  • Coffee grounds 
  • Pasta, oats, rice and bread 
  • Bones, nuts, pits and seeds 
  • Eggshells 
  • Onions and potato peels 
  • Fibrous fruits and vegetables 
  • Grease

If your garbage disposal has a bad smell, you can revive it with citrus peels or a mix of baking soda and vinegar.

7. Avoiding Maintenance for Your Plumbing System

Much like your heating and cooling system, your plumbing also requires annual service. This service can help us spot small issues before they result in expensive problems, like a damaging water leak. Some of the troubles we check for include:

  • Correct water pressure 
  • Leaky or clogged pipes 
  • Correctly functioning supply lines and plumbing fixtures including sinks, tubs, showers and toilets

If you do notice an issue, such as a leaky sink or pipe, it’s important to get it repaired right away before it becomes larger or causes damage.

8. Trying to Fix Your Plumbing on Your Own

When you are dealing with a dripping pipe or a leaking washing machine, it’s important to call an Expert at Service Experts Commercial HVAC for leak repair before it grows or results in damage.

Repairing plumbing is a detailed job that’s best left to specialists. There’s a reason why plumbers go through extensive certification and licensing. Don’t try to do water pipe repair yourself or get a handyman, as you could end up wasting time and having a pricier expensive problem.

9. Trying to Tune Up Your Water Heater on Your Own

When it comes to your water heater, service and tune-ups are best left to the pros. This includes draining it or examining the temperature and pressure valve. If this isn’t performed correctly, you could burn yourself with scalding water or flood your residence.

Experienced water heater maintenance gives peace of mind that your water heater is running right. It also provides you notice ahead of time when it’s time to start planning for water heater replacement, because they typically only work for about 10 years.

10. Not Being Aware of Where the Water Main Shutoff Is

When your home has a large water leak, it’s essential to be knowledgeable about where the main water valve is and how to switch it off. This valve is often found in a mechanical room near your water heater.

Here’s how to shut off the main water valve in your residence:
  • If it has a wheel: circle it clockwise until you can’t anymore. 
  • If it has a lever: move it about a quarter of the way.

If you’re are unsure about where the valve is located, Service Experts Commercial HVAC can help you find it.

It’s also a good idea to install a water leak protection system that will sound the alarm and shut off the water if there’s a problem. You can even get a smart system to watch water use and alert you via your phone if there’s a leak.

Whatever plumbing issue you’re faced with, our Expert plumbers at Service Experts Commercial HVAC are available to assist you. And we’ll support our work with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year, so you’ll have peace of mind that your repairs were completed right. Reach us at 289-201-2346 to book your appointment now!

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