Common Household Plumbing Fails

Sometimes a small lapse in judgement is all it takes for things to get damaged around the home. When it comes to your plumbing, there are a few things that you should be careful of. Many people make these mistakes and there’s often a high cost to repair the damage they can cause. Read on to find out which things you should avoid doing to keep your plumbing in top condition.

Don’t Pour Fat Down The Sink

This is something that we see happening far too often. Fats become liquid during cooking, so it’s easy to assume that they’re safe to pour down the drain. However, once fat has a chance to cool down, it solidifies. This can block your drains and collect all sorts of muck. If the problem gets really out of hand, your pipes could burst and need replacing. If you need a visual reminder of why putting fat down the drain is a terrible idea, try pouring it into a clear container. Once you’ve seen it congealed and hardened, you’ll realise why you don’t want that anywhere near your pipes.

Double Check Your ‘Flushable’ Toilet Wipes

You might be surprised to know that many flushable toilet wipes aren’t actually safe to flush. The regulations for these products simply don’t exist, so quite often the term ‘flushable’ is a marketing tactic. Anything that’s made of synthetic material should not be flushed down the toilet. If you’re in any doubt, put the wipe in the bin. It’s far easier to dispose of that than it is to pull large clumps of clogged up wipes out of your drain!

Pouring Fat Down The Kitchen Sink

Think Twice Before Using Drain Cleaning Chemicals

If you’ve got a blocked drain, it might seem like a good idea to pour a cleaning chemical in and hope for the best. For a one-off blockage, this could do the job nicely. However, if the blockage is reoccurring you shouldn’t be trying to fix it with chemicals. Most drain cleaners use a chemical reaction to break down the blockage. This reaction creates heat, which can cause damage to your pipes. Repeated exposure to this chemical reaction could warp or crack your plumbing. As well as this, if the product builds up behind the blockage, your plumber could be unnecessarily exposed to a backlog of harmful chemical fumes.

Don’t Go Out Of Your Depth

If you’re confident installing your new washing machine or fixing a leaky tap, by all means go ahead. However, if you’re not sure how to carry out a task safely and correctly, turn to a professional. A botched DIY job will be much more expensive to fix than it would have been if you called a plumber to do it in the first place. Plumbing is a messy, complicated job. There’s no shame if you’re unable to work out how to do it yourself.

To Fix Your Plumbing Problems, Call Courts Gas

If you’ve encountered a problem with your plumbing, give us a call. Our team of plumbers cover all of Neath Port Talbot and the surrounding areas. We’re a friendly team of Gas Safe registered engineers who can carry out servicing, repairs and installations at a great price. Give us a call today and we can give you a free, no obligation quote for our services.

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