No one plans for a plumbing emergency. They always seem to happen at the worst time possible. Of course, this might mean additional expenses if you need help from a plumber after hours. Regular maintenance and inspections reduce the likelihood of emergencies and other costly issues with your plumbing system. You can significantly reduce the chances of emergencies just by treating your plumbing system right. Just because a home’s plumbing system doesn’t have any moving parts, some homeowners don’t think about what they put their plumbing through. The reality is that there is a right and a wrong way to use the plumbing system in your home. Avoid flushing fat or oil down the sink, since they coagulate as they cool, forming clogs in your pipes and blocking the water flow.
To keep your kitchen drains clean, keep cold water running while the garbage disposal is running, and for some time after turning them off, ensure all solids drain entirely down the drain. When it comes to your toilet, only human waste and toilet paper belong there. Human waste is biodegradable, softened by water, and easily washed away. Toilet paper is designed for septic systems and can go down the drain quite easily. Other items don’t fall into this category and end up causing many problems.
These simple steps should help you avoid or lessen plumbing emergencies. In case a plumbing emergency still occurs, call a professional immediately.