Your Plumber Wants You to Stop Doing These 10 Things Now

Needing a plumber in Kingston can be inevitable if you are dealing with a dripping or ruptured pipe. But the majority of times, you can stop clogging your pipes or needing repairs for your garbage disposal, both of which can be pricey to fix.

Here are some of the most regular issues our Experts get calls about at Kingston Home Services by Enercare and how you can stop them.

1. Flushing “Flushable” Wipes

Even though they might be known as “flushable wipes,” the best place for them is the waste bin. The only thing that should be flushed (except for the obvious) is toilet paper and septic treatments, if you have a septic system.

A Canadian study that examined 101 such wipes learned none of them passed a flushability test, according to Forbes. As flushable wipes don’t disintegrate like toilet paper, they can block your sewer line and cause your toilet to back up.

They can also wreak havoc on city sewer systems or your septic tank. These wipes can combine with other nasty things that shouldn’t be disposed of down the toilet, like cooking grease and hygienic products, to result in a fatberg. As well as being unhygienic and just plain nasty, environmental nonprofit Green America says these masses are pricey to fix. If you rely on a city sewer system, those are costs that could get shuffled to you down the road.

Whatever type of wipe you’re using—makeup remover, cleansing, baby or sanitizing—it should go in the trash once you’re finished.

2. Flushing Other Things That Belong in the Waste Bin

Other than flushable wipes, there are several other things that don’t belong in your toilet. These include:

  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Makeup remover pads
  • Cat litter

Together with wipes, these things can plug your sewer line and back up your toilet, sticking you with a pricey (and icky) mess.

3. Dropping in Automatic Toilet Bowl Cleaner Tabs

Having drop-in toilet fresheners might seem like a great way to keep your toilet bowl fresh, but they can cause more trouble than good. These tablets usually contain chemicals, like bleach, which can destroy rubber parts in the tank. And as the tablets dissolve, they can clog the toilet and prevent it from flushing.

4. Using Chemical Drain Cleaners

If your sink is clogged, your immediate answer could be to buy an inexpensive liquid drain cleaner. However, there are a few things you should know about these drain cleaners.

  1. They’re toxic. Drain cleaners are a toxic mixture of chemicals that can burn your skin and eyes. They also make intense fumes that can lead to respiratory irritation. 
  2. They can eat away at your pipes. If these cleaners can burn your skin, consider what they can do to your plumbing: corrosion, cracks and even failure. 
  3. They’re bad for the environment. As you can figure out, these formulas aren’t very helpful for the environment. 
  4. They might not even work. Despite all the chemicals they include, drain cleaners sometimes don’t even work or only work for a short time. That’s because they often force the clog further into your plumbing until it creates a big problem.

If you do require a drain cleaner, we suggest using an enzymatic cleaner. These chemical-free cleaners have bacteria and enzymes to get rid of clogs and foul odors. While they might require more time than a chemical-based cleaner, they’re better for you, your plumbing and the environment.

If you have a difficult clog that just won’t dissolve, contacting a professional plumber like Kingston Home Services by Enercare is your best option for drain cleaning. While you can rent a drain auger or plumbing snake, it’s faster to have a professional perform the job. That way, you’ll also prevent damaging your pipes and a wide variety of horrible issues including leaks, damaged seals and horrible odors.

After your drain is working like it should, keep it that way by having a screen to keep hair or food scraps from plugging it again.

5. Getting Rid of Grease Down Your Sink

It could seem like it’s not a problem to drain a small amount of grease down your drain. But as time passes, that grease can grow and plug your pipes. If the grease leaks into the sewer system, it can stick to flushable wipes and create a gross fatberg like we mentioned earlier.

To skip plumbing woes, drain the fat into a bowl. After it solidifies, you can dump it in the garbage.

6. Turning to Your Garbage Disposal for Everything

Your garbage disposal is a helpful tool for eliminating little bits of food. But it can’t eliminate everything. To avoid breakdowns or clogs, we recommend not putting these items down your garbage disposal:

  • Coffee grounds 
  • Pasta, oats, rice and bread 
  • Bones, nuts, pits and seeds 
  • Eggshells 
  • Onions and potato peels 
  • Fibrous fruits and vegetables 
  • Grease

If your garbage disposal has a bad smell, you can clean it with citrus peels or a mix of baking soda and vinegar.

7. Avoiding Maintenance for Your Plumbing System

Much like your heating and cooling system, your plumbing also has to have regular tune-ups. This service can help us spot little issues before they result in expensive problems, such as a damaging water leak. Some of the issues we watch for include:

  • Correct water pressure 
  • Leaky or plugged pipes 
  • Correctly working supply lines and plumbing fixtures like sinks, tubs, showers and toilets

If you do notice a problem, including a dripping sink or pipe, it’s critical to get it taken care of immediately before it grows worse or leads to damage.

8. Making an Attempt to Fix Your Plumbing Without Professional Help

When you are experiencing a dripping pipe or a leaking washing machine, it’s important to call an Expert at Kingston Home Services by Enercare for leak repair before it grows or results in damage.

Mending plumbing is a detailed job that’s best done by pros. There’s a reason why plumbers finish extensive certification and licensing. Don’t attempt water pipe repair without help or call a handyman, because you could end up wasting time and making a pricier expensive problem.

9. Trying to Tune Up Your Water Heater on Your Own

When it comes to your water heater, service and upkeep is best left to the specialists. This includes draining it or testing the temperature and pressure valve. If this isn’t done properly, you could burn yourself with hot water or flood your house.

Professional water heater maintenance gives peace of mind that your water heater is working right. It also gives you advance notice when it’s time to start planning for water heater replacement, as they usually only last for about 10 years.

10. Not Realizing Where the Water Main Shutoff Is

When your house has a large water leak, it’s important to be aware of where the main water valve is and how to shut it off. This valve is usually found in a mechanical room near your water heater.

Here’s how to switch off the main water valve in your house:
  • If it has a wheel: turn it clockwise until you can’t anymore. 
  • If it has a lever: rotate it about a quarter of the way.

If you’re still not sure where the valve is located, Kingston Home Services by Enercare can help you find it.

It’s also a smart idea to have a water leak protection system that will turn on an alarm and shut off the water if there’s an issue. You can even get a smart system to keep an eye on water use and notify you through your phone if there’s a leak.

Whatever plumbing problem you’re experiencing, our Expert plumbers at Kingston Home Services by Enercare are available to help you. And we’ll support our work with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year, so you’ll be sure that your repairs were completed right. Contact us at 613-817-1591 to book your appointment now!

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