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Unfortunately, many homeowners only learn about the best practices that prevent plumbing problems after going through an expensive repair. Another tendency is also to be unaware of the importance of handling seemingly small issues quickly. That’s why your local plumber wishes every homeowner knew this…

A Little Leak Causes Big Waste

Ignoring that leaky faucet is commonplace. It’s just a little extra water down the drain, right? The truth is; a faucet that leaks one drip per second wastes 3,000 gallons of water each year according to the Environmental Protection Agency. That’s bad news for your water bill and the environment. The sustainable way to handle leaks is to repair or replace the faucet as quickly as possible whether that’s you going to a hardware store or calling a professional plumber.

Toilet and Wastebasket Aren’t Synonyms

Flushing cotton balls, dental floss, or kitty litter might be convenient, but using your toilet as a wastebasket could create big problems. In fact, toilet paper is the only thing that’s safe to throw in the toilet. Your local plumber knows the label says flushable on your wipes and kitty litter, but those labels just aren’t accurate. Trash and those so-called “flushable” products can clog your plumbing over time.

Pouring Grease Down the Drain Is a Bad Idea

Your pipes have an enemy known to plumbers as FOG. Pouring fats, oils, and grease (FOG) into the kitchen drain gives the enemy a chance to clog your pipes. FOG laughs when you run hot water to stop its dirty work. Okay, FOG doesn’t actually laugh, but your local plumber is confident that hot water is no match for an evildoer like FOG. There’s only one way to defeat FOG. Place it in a sealed container and throw it in the trash.

Honestly, throwing it outside into the yard would be better than into your plumbing (your landscaper probably won’t be happy, but your plumber will be!)

Takeaway

If you’ve made one (or more) of these mistakes, then we are glad you are reading. Our goal is to help homeowners keep their plumbing flowing smoothly, so you don’t need to spend needlessly on repair costs. Contact us if you need help resolving that leaky faucet, clogged toilet, or slow draining kitchen sink.

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