Requiring a plumber in the U.S. can be necessary if you are dealing with a leaky or broken pipe. But the majority of times, you can avoid clogging your pipes or requiring repairs for your garbage disposal, both of which can be costly to fix.
Here are some of the most frequent troubles our pros receive calls about at Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing and how you can prevent them.
Despite the fact they might be known as “flushable wipes,” the best location for them is the garbage. The only thing that should be flushed (other than the obvious) is toilet paper and septic treatments, if you rely on a septic system.
A Canadian study that looked at 101 such wipes learned none of them passed a flushability test, according to Forbes. Because flushable wipes don’t dissolve like toilet paper, they can block your sewer line and lead to your toilet backing up.
They can also wreak havoc on city sewer systems or your septic tank. These wipes can combine with other yucky things that shouldn’t be disposed of down the toilet, like cooking fat and hygienic products, to result in a fatberg. As well as being unsanitary and just plain nasty, environmental nonprofit Green America says these blobs are pricey to get rid of. If you use a city sewer system, those are bills that could get passed on to you in the future.
No matter what kind of wipe you’re using—makeup remover, cleansing, baby or sanitizing—it should be tossed in the trash once you’re finished.
Other than flushable wipes, there are several other things that don’t belong in your toilet. These cover:
Like wipes, these things can clog your sewer line and overflow your toilet, saddling you with a pricey (and gross) mess.
Having drop-in toilet fresheners might seem like a smart way to keep your toilet bowl clean, but they may do more damage than good. These tablets usually contain chemicals, like bleach, which can eat through rubber parts in the tank. And as the tablets dissolve, they can plug the toilet and stop it from flushing.
If your sink is clogged, your initial response might be to get a low-priced liquid drain cleaner. However, there are some things you should realize about these drain cleaners.
If you do require a drain cleaner, we recommend using an enzymatic cleaner. These chemical-free cleaners use bacteria and enzymes to break up clogs and foul odors. While they can take more time than a chemical-based cleaner, they’re safer for you, your plumbing and the environment.
If you’re dealing with a tough clog that just won’t dissolve, contacting a professional plumber like Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing is your best option for drain cleaning. While you can rent a drain auger or plumbing snake, it’s simpler to have a professional complete the job. That way, you’ll also skip causing damage to your pipes and many other troublesome issues including leaks, damaged seals and horrible odors.
After your drain is working like it should, keep it that way by using a screen to keep hair or food scraps from plugging it again.
It could seem like it’s not a issue to pour a tiny bit of grease down your sink. But over time, that grease can build up and clog your pipes. If the grease leaks into the sewer system, it can cling to flushable wipes and create a nasty fatberg like we mentioned prior.
To prevent plumbing woes, drain the grease into a bowl. After it cools, you can dump it in the waste can.
Your garbage disposal is a useful tool for getting rid of little amounts of food waste. But it can’t eliminate everything. To prevent breakdowns or clogs, we suggest not putting these foods down your garbage disposal:
If your garbage disposal has a bad smell, you can freshen it with citrus peels or a blend of baking soda and vinegar.
Much like your heating and cooling system, your plumbing also needs routine maintenance. This service can help us spot minor issues before they result in expensive problems, like a damaging water leak. Some of the issues we watch for include:
If you do find trouble, including a leaky sink or pipe, it’s crucial to get it taken care of right away before it grows worse or results in damage.
When you are dealing with a dripping pipe or a leaking washing machine, it’s important to call an Expert at Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing for leak repair before it gets worse or causes damage.
Repairing plumbing is a complex job that’s best left to specialists. There’s a reason why plumbers go through extensive certification and licensing. Don’t try water pipe repair on your own or hire a handyman, as you could end up wasting time and creating a more expensive problem.
When it comes to your water heater, service and upkeep is best left to the professionals. This includes draining it or examining the temperature and pressure valve. If this isn’t done correctly, you could burn yourself with boiling water or flood your residence.
Professional water heater maintenance offers peace of mind that your water heater is working like it should. It also offers you a heads-up when it’s time to start thinking about water heater replacement, as they often only work for about 10 years.
In the event your home has a large water leak, it’s essential to know where the main water valve is and how to shut it off. This valve is typically situated in a mechanical room near your water heater.
Here’s how to shut off the main water valve in your home:
If you’re are unsure about where the valve is located, Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing can help you find it.
It’s also a good idea to install a water leak protection system that will turn on an alarm and turn off the water if there’s trouble. You can even have a smart system to monitor water use and tell you via your phone if there’s trouble.
Whatever plumbing problem you’re faced with, our Expert plumbers at Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing are ready to help you. And we’ll back our work with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year, so you’ll know that your repairs were finished correctly. Contact us at 866-397-3787 to schedule your appointment today!
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