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Common plumbing issues and how to avoid them

Tightening pipes under bathroom sink

When it comes to taking care of your home's plumbing system, do-it-yourself is not always the best solution. While you certainly do not need to call in a professional for every small detail or problem you face during a day, there are some issues that you cannot be deal with on your own. While a hired plumber will be able to complete whatever task it is that they are facing, having a healthy and well functioning plumbing system depends on the day-to-day upkeep from each individual homeowner. Having a strong system requires patience and a little knowledge.

Here are a few common mistakes not to make with your plumbing system:

  • Avoid overloading the garbage disposal: Large amounts of leftover food should not be pushed through all at once, as it will damage the pipes. Also be sure to not pour any grease or other heavy liquids down, as they will eventually solidify and cause a massive clog.
  • Don't take on projects yourself: If you do not have experience identifying and solving plumbing issues, it is not a good idea to try and fix or upgrade something yourself. In these situations, it is best to call a trained professional to do it. Don't risk causing further damage to your system by attempting to tackle it yourself.
  • You can't flush everything: While it might often seem like a convenient option, you cannot treat your toilet as if it is a trash can. Often, items that are marked "flushable" will end up clogging the pipes because they cannot dissolve quickly enough. These items include make-up remover pads, feminine hygiene products and toilet scrubbers.

If you are looking to hire an Washington, D.C. plumber, be sure to schedule an appointment with John C. Flood today!