It’s happened to all of us: Sometimes, we think we’ve found the best solution to a problem, but in reality, we’ve made matters much worse. Here are five common mistakes Berkeley homeowners make with their plumbing that exacerbate common drain problems.1. Reaching for the chemicals.
Visit any hardware or grocery store, and you’ll see many different types of chemical products that make it seem as if drain cleaning is a straightforward, DIY job. However, when you have a clog on your hands, it’s better to skip these commercial drain cleaners. Not only do they rarely solve the problem, they can also make matters much worse. The harsh and toxic chemicals found in liquid drain cleaners are dangerous to handle and breathe in, and they can also corrode drain pipes and cause additional damage. The best way to stop clogs is to prevent them before they happen by being diligent about keeping hair and grease out of the drains.2. Attempting to solve the plumbing problem without the proper training or equipment.
Yes, it can be really annoying to deal with a bathtub that’s slow to drain or a toilet that refuses to flush properly, but DIY plumbing is never a good idea. Everyone’s seen a YouTube video of someone claiming to have cleaned out a drain using an unbent wire hanger. However, this is yet another “miracle solution” that can make plumbing problems much worse – prodding at a clog usually just pushes the blockage further down into the pipes. People who lack the specialized knowledge and tools to clean a drain are always better off calling a professional.3. Treating the toilet like it’s a garbage can.
Many products that are marketed as “flushable” really aren’t. Never toss paper towels, feminine hygiene products, moist cleansing towelettes, toilet scrubbers, makeup remover pads or kitty litter into the toilet. The fact is, they don’t break down quickly enough, and can ultimately clog the drain. The only things that should ever be flushed down a toilet is toilet paper and human waste.4. Using drop-in toilet fresheners.
If a product that disinfects and deodorizes the toilet without the need to scrub sounds too good to be true, that’s because it is. Drop-in toilet tablets often contain chemicals that dissolve components inside toilet tanks. In addition, as these tablets break down, they can get caught in the flush mechanism and prevent the toilet from flushing.5. Overloading the garbage disposal.
Garbage disposals are incredibly convenient, but many people take them for granted, which eventually leads to plumbing problems. The truth is, there are just some things disposals aren’t designed to handle. To avoid a clogged kitchen drain, don’t put tough food items like celery or potato peels down a disposal, and don’t dump in large amounts of food all at once. Feed food scraps into the disposal slowly, with a continuous stream of cold running water. When in doubt, scrape uneaten food waste into the trash can, instead of the sink.
Is it time to get your home’s drains inspected and cleaned? Scheduling a professional drain cleaning with Gladiator can save time and money in the long run. Contact us today!