Bathroom Habits You Need to Break
They always say that habits are hard to break, but in this case, if you want to protect your plumbing, you should definitely take steps to get out of those bad bathroom habits that can cause serious damage. The bathroom can take a lot of damage if people are not careful with the various things they may tend to do. Before you go flushing just about anything down the toilet or avoiding to watch out for that hair in the shower, make sure you know what damage it can cause and what you can do to help prevent it from becoming such an expensive issue.
Allowing Long Hair to Go Down the Drain
As much as may dislike dealing with it, make sure you are taking precautions from allowing your hair to go down the drain. By using a drain stop, you can keep that long hair from going down the drain and causing a big problem in the pipes. As hair goes down the drain, combining with the soap scum, dirt, and every other item that goes into the pipes, you will start to notice the stoppage it creates. This means your tub won’t drain nearly as effective.
Ignoring Hard Water
Have you ever noticed that your showerhead or faucet is starting to develop some white, chalky substance around the openings? This may be an indicator that you have hard water in your pipes. This has the potential to cause corrosion and damage your pipes, showerhead, faucet, and other important components. You may need to install a water softening system to help combat the problem.
Using Liquid Drain Cleaner
Drano. Plumbr. These might be some of your first thoughts when you realize you have a clogged drain. While they do work for several clogs, they are not the most effective method, nor are they safe for the environment. They can also cause serious damage to the pipes due to the chemicals inside. If you have a clogged drain, the most effective method for you to take is to snake the drain. This will remove the obstruction and allow for a more eco-friendly method.
Allowing a Lot of Steam
While it is always nice to relax with a hot shower, you should know that all that steam you’re creating can do a massive amount of damage to the walls and ceiling above. How? It can create mold. If you notice that mold is beginning to form, you must treat it right away to get rid of it as it can cause health problems. To help prevent the mold from forming in the first place, crack windows or doors, or run your fan during and after your shower to help remove the moisture.
Using the Toilet Like a Trash Can
Remember what your toilet is used for and don’t stray away from that. Way too often, people use the toilet for items that should go in the trash. Keep in mind, the toilet is built to withstand only a few certain items, not that paper towel you used to dry your hands or those wet wipes you used to clean the counter. Flushing these types of items down the drain can cause a serious clog and require a fix to your pipes.
If you have a clogged drain and need help with the right fix, call Summers Plumbing Heating & Cooling. Our team is dedicated to making sure your home is set up so you don’t have to deal with these issues in the future. Before you cause serious damage, make sure you break these bad bathroom habits and take care of your pipes.