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Home Plumbing Disasters

Three Easy Ways to Avoid Home Plumbing Disasters

Of all the various home renovation disasters than can happen, those involving your plumbing can be the worst. Floods and clogs can cause a great deal of damage and will spread much farther than the immediate renovation area. With a little caution and prevention, you can help stop plumbing disasters before they happen.

Watch What You Drain

The drain in your sink, particularly in the kitchen, isn’t just a garbage can where you can flush away food waste, grease, or any other debris that always seems to develop around a sink. It doesn’t just disappear. Clogs inevitably develop and it can cause havoc in the plumbing to have to snake out the pipes. Blockages can form much farther down the line that just under the sink itself so don’t assume that a clogged drain is a minor problem.

Scrape plates and cooking pans into the garbage before you rinse. Grease or oil should be left to harden, and then scraped out rather than rinsed. Add one of those in-drain basket filters for added protection. Just remember to empty it out frequently.

As a side note, this also applies to what goes down the toilet. We tend to think the toilet is more robust than the sink since it is designed to handle more solid waste. Even so, you shouldn’t use it as a garbage disposal either. Also, be aware how much toilet paper is going down as well.

Take Care with DIY

There is nothing wrong with doing small repair jobs on your own, and there are some great tutorials online that can walk you through a number of projects. But plumbing is a risky system in your house to tackle on your own unless you have some experience with plumbing. Improper techniques can lead to leaks, burst pipes or backed up drains.

When you do DIY work, the trick is to still follow proper plumbing techniques. Don’t cobble a new pipeline together with mis-matched scraps of pipe, or use duct tape as an “easy” way to repair leaks or even join pipe sections together.

Turn Off the Main

Oddly enough, a lot of DIY plumbers forget this crucial first step when working on any plumbing jobs. You should always shut off the main water supply. Turning off the tap itself doesn’t really do much for any pipe work under the cabinets or in the floor. The water is still under pressure, and as soon as you start to remove fixtures, there will be a fountain and a flood.

Yes it can be inconvenient for the upstairs bathroom to have no water when you are working down in the kitchen, but it is the safest and smartest approach when doing your own plumbing.

You can’t accurately predict when a plumbing mishap is going to happen, but by following these 3 simple tips, you can prevent a lot of household plumbing problems.

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