5 Common Plumbing Mistakes

Recently we’ve seen an uptick in common plumbing problems in the area. We need to call attention to these issues as they represent similar problems throughout the United States.

Here are 5 common plumbing mistakes that many residents make:

Using the toilet as a trash can

We get it. Tossing garbage into the toilet is easy – almost too easy. If the nearby can in the bathroom is full, it’s a convenient back up. However, this mistake can have costly repercussions. An extra square of toilet paper or even a small shred of paper towel may be fine, but plastic wrap, feminine products and just about anything else is off limits. It’ll cause a serious clog that may require professional help.

Hiring ultra budget plumbers

When hiring a plumber, it’s tempting to go with the cheapest option. However, more often than not, the cheapest option doesn’t have the experience necessary to adequately address your problem. Instead, you should call a plumber that you can rely on from Clear Drain Plumbing! Often, our technicians have to be called in to correct the work of inexperienced plumbers, so hire wisely the first time.

Haphazard renovations

Adding value to your home through renovations is exciting. It sort of re-creates that new, move-in experience. However, make sure you plan thoroughly before starting a renovation. Whether you’re just swapping out a bathroom sink, replacing a faucet, or tearing out the shower completely, you need to know ahead of time exactly what steps are involved, if you’ll require the work of a contractor, and how much it’ll cost.

Ignore small leaks

Small leaks don’t scream emergency. Rather, they just drip softly and annoyingly in the background. However, if neglected, these can balloon into a major problem down the road. Sometimes they’re indicative of a leaky pipe or even a hole in the roof. Neither of these scenarios should be taken lightly. See if you can identify the source and if possible, repair it yourself. Otherwise, call a professional from Clear Drain Plumbing as soon as possible to investigate.

Failure to earthquake-proof your home

Most of us probably don’t consider earthquake proofing our home. While preparation kits are somewhat common among families, we often fail to install earthquake valves. These important valves attach to your gas line, and when triggered by intense shaking, automatically shut off the gas. As gas leaks and explosions are one of the deadliest consequences of an earthquake, valves are essential to any residence.

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