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Tips for hiring a plumber

It’s to take your home’s plumbing system for granted. After all, most people have an “out of site out of mind” approach when it come to maintaining their home’s plumbing system until common household plumbing issues arise. Funny how these things happen at the most inconvenient of times, such as when guests are visiting, when you’re running late for a job interview, or when you have a date over! Luckily, there are plenty of things homeowners just like you can do in order to avoid most common plumbing problems as well as the expense and headaches that go along with them.

Check out these examples of common household plumbing issues and what you can do to avoid them.

Know when to hire a plumber to perform professional plumbing services and repairs

Although many people will put off or avoid calling a professional plumber until the last possible minute in order to save money, this actually costs a lot more in the long run. Attempting to perform plumbing repairs on your own is not only dangerous in some cases but you may also inadvertently do even more damage to your plumbing which will only cost you more in the end. In addition, putting off plumbing repairs only makes the problem worse and more difficult to fix. Even the heartiest do it yourselfers shouldn’t attempt plumbing repairs such as saudering or repiping! It’s also important to note to schedule regular home plumbing inspections even if you aren’t having plumbing problems, as many common household plumbing issues aren’t always visible to the naked eye.

Clogged garbage disposals

Not only is this one of the most common household plumbing issues but it’s also one of the most avoidable! Your garbage disposal many sound pretty mean and like it can chew through anything, but the truth is that your garbage disposal is not a trash can. Attempting to dispose of tough, fibrous, or greasy kitchen waste such as bones, meat, oil, corn on the cob, melon rinds, pasta, potatoes, shellfish shells, and other hard or waxy items will only to stubborn clogs and stinky drain odors. These kinds of kitchen waste should either be thrown in the trash or compost pile. It’s also important to run the faucet for a second before, during, and after the garbage disposal is in use in order to keep things flowing smoothly and remove any debris that could cause build up or strong odor.

Plugged up toilets

A toilet that just won’t flush or that is threatening to runneth over is surefire way to kill yours or anyone’s vibe. Fortunately, this is an extremely avoidable problem even though it still tends to be one of the most common household plumbing issues. Just like your garbage disposal, your toilet is not and will never be a trash can. It may sound like it can flush just about anything, but there are several items that cannot and should not be flushed down the toilet. These include prescription medication, tampons, pads, condoms, paper towels, food, baby wipes, so called “flushable” wipes, large amounts of toilet paper, plastic, and cotton balls or swabs. Keep a waste basket in close proximity to the toilet in order to encourage household members and guests to keep these and other unflushable items out of the toilet. And although you might be able to remove some clogs on your own with a plunger, a toilet that constantly clogs may indicate a much larger and more serious plumbing problem that requires professional repair.

Sneaky leaky faucets

Everyone knows how annoying it is when you’re trying to sleep and all you can hear is the steady drip, drop, drip, of a leaky faucet. But not everyone knows how much water this can waste or how expensive it can be. A leaky faucet can waste as much as 10,000 gallons of water each year and drive up your water bill. What’s even worse is that many plumbing leaks are nearly impossible to find. One of the benefits of hiring a plumber to perform an inspection is they will be able to find hidden water leaks that could be causing problems such as mold growth behind the scenes.

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