What Benjamin Franklin Can Teach You About Saving On Plumbing Repairs

March 28, 2013

Benjamin Franklin once said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

Or said another way, you can save more money by preventing problems before they occur rather than spending money trying to fix them once they arise.
That’s the kind of mindset you need to take with your Sarasota-area plumbing. Preventing plumbing problems is much cheaper (and less of a hassle) than trying to fix them yourself or waiting for a contractor to come fix them.
Here’s a list of the most common plumbing problems, and how you can easily prevent them.

Clogged toilet

Here’s a real stinker of a problem. After using your plunger with all your might, it seems like your toilet is just stuck - and not for the usual reasons! 
What causes it: There are a variety of health-based cleaning products you should never throw down your toilet that can cause a clog. 
A few of these items include:

  • Facial cleansing pads
  • Cleaning wipes
  • Other garbage
  • Sanitary napkins
  • Cotton balls

While it might seem harmless to toss these items in the toilet, they don’t dissolve in water. And even worse, some of them expand in water.
How to prevent it: To be safe, the only items you should flush down your toilet is toilet paper. 
All of the items listed above should be thrown in the trash.

Water heater stopped supplying hot water

Assuming you’re weren't the unlucky soul who got the shower last, it might be puzzling that you’re not getting any hot water from your water heater.
What’s causing it: The cause is most likely a clog in the water lines coming from the water heater. This clog is accumulation of minerals that settle to the bottom of your water heater. The harder your water, the more quickly this can happen.
How to prevent it: Drain and flush your water heater at least once a year. (You can contact one of our experts to do this for you.)
Or you can avoid this problem altogether by switching your home over to soft water.

Clogged Kitchen Sink.

Clogged kitchen sinks cause a variety of funky odors that drift around your home. 
What’s causing it: Certain foods can stick to your pipes and solidify, creating a huge blockage. A few of these foods include:

  • Grease
  • Fats
  • Cooking oil

How to prevent it: To safely dispose of these foods, keep a jar or two near you when you’re cooking so you have a place to pour the leftover grease, oils, and fats.

Broken or clogged garbage disposal

Another common plumbing problem in the kitchen is a garbage disposal clog. This usually happens when you just pour a ton of leftovers or peels in it.
What’s causing it: As invincible as your garbage disposal sounds, there are a few foods it just isn’t meant to handle. 
A few foods that can damage or break your garbage disposal include:

  • Egg shells
  • Starchy foods (e.g., potatoes, rice, pasta, etc)
  • Stringy fibrous vegetables (e.g., celery, and potato and carrot skins)

The clog could also be caused by how much food you poured in at the same time.
How to prevent it: Don’t pour in the foods listed above. Use the garbage disposal sparingly, dump as much food scraps into your trash as you can.
Also, pour food in a little bit at a time while you keep your faucet running and garbage disposal on. This helps your garbage disposal take your food in smaller chunks while the water washes it down your pipes. 

Clogged bathtub drain

What’s causing it: Hair does not dissolve in water. So over time, it can build up and clog your pipes. If you have long hair or you shave in the shower, you’re more likely to come across this common plumbing problem.
How to prevent it: Buy a cheap hair drain trap to catch the hair and other debris before it goes down the drain.

Preventing trumps fixing

Save yourself some cash and frustration. Take the time to prevent these common plumbing problems so you won’t have to call a plumber or fix it yourself.
To learn more about how to save money on your plumbing, check out Plumbing Today’s list of plumbing related blogs
Or, if you already have one of these common plumbing problems, contact a Plumbing Today plumber to get it repaired.

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