Plumbing is really simple at its core, but most people don’t know the basics. This can lead to people accidentally damaging their pipes. How can someone accidentally damage their pipes, you ask? Easy. Let’s take a look at some of the ways.
One of the most common mistakes people make with their plumbing is allowing grease and fat to go down their kitchen drain. Grease and fat melt when hot and then solidify again when cool. What do you suppose happens when it gets poured down the drain? That’s right: it solidifies again and blocks up the pipes. This, by itself, isn’t horribly damaging to your pipes. It can, however, be a real headache to deal with when your sink won’t drain.
Not only will it become a blockage by itself, it will also collect other junk. Any bits of food or hair that get down the drain will become trapped in the glob of grease. Cleaning it out will be a huge hassle.
Chemical Drain Cleaners
If you happen to clog up your drain in such a way, all you need to do is buy a bottle of drain cleaner, right? Wrong! Chemical drain cleaner is actually really bad for your pipes. The chemicals in the cleaner can eat away at the inside of your pipes leading to bursts and fractures.
You don’t want your plumbing to burst and leave you with an annoying and, likely, expensive mess. Don’t pour drain cleaner into your sink. As a matter of fact, avoid pouring it in any drain in your house. The cost will make the money saved from not hiring a professional plumber seem miniscule in comparison.
And last but not least: People trying to take care of problems themselves. If you don’t know what you’re doing, it’s not hard to break your bank messing with plumbing. Something as simple as forgetting to shut off the main water valve can end in a flooded kitchen. That’s not always as easy as grabbing some towels to soak up water. Too much water on the kitchen floor can leak under baseboards, get under cabinetry, and flow down the stairs. That kind of damage can cause lasting mold issues and require flooring or cabinetry replacement. It’s not a cheap fix.
All of this can be solved by calling and hiring a professional. Our team at New Canadian Drain & Plumbing is experienced with a large variety of plumbing puzzles. We’d be glad to come out and solve yours as well.
Just give us a call or email us and we’ll answer any questions or concerns you have! We’re here to help in our community and only want the best for our clients.