Unless you have a crush on your local plumber, you probably don't want to see one any timesoon. There are lots of ways to avoid having to call your local plumbing professional, but these three pieces of advice definitely won't help prevent a plumbing disaster. Here's a tongue-in-cheek look at what not to do when it comes to your plumbing.
You know how they always tell you that only three things are ever supposed to be flushed down a toilet? Those people just want to keep you from ogling the cute guys in overalls that could be coming to unblock your toilet. In all seriousness, toilets are for human waste and toilet paper, nothing else. Even those 'flushable' wipes can trigger a blockage, so don't be fooled by their toilet friendly labeling.
Kids are great at blocking up toilets, so be sure to supervise them in the bathroom, or you could see your plumber sooner than you'd like. Be sure they know that food doesn't go in the toilet, and neither do action figures.
Pour Fats Directly Down Drains
Want a fast visit from your local plumbing crush? Use your sink as a waste disposal for grease and fats. Grease thickens and congeals as it cools, blocking up any space it fills. A blocked drain is more than just disgusting; it can damage your pipes and even clog your septic system. Unless you want to shell out for new pipes, or a visit from the plumber, put grease in its proper place, the trash.
Completely Ignore Plumbing Maintenance
If you're yearning to watch a plumber make extensive repairs to your home plumbing, go ahead and completely ignore recommended plumbing maintenance. Who needs to repair broken or leaky fixtures when you can pay your plumber to do them for you? Turn a blind eye to broken or leaking fixtures, and you could be in for a nasty surprise when your water bill arrives. If you ignore your outdoor water pipes and hoses in the winter, leaving them exposed to the cold, there's a good chance of the pipe freezing and bursting. Unless you love the idea of being without water in cold weather, keep an eye on those outdoor hoses and fixtures, and weatherproof them as necessary. If you take care of your plumbing, it will work smoothly for you for a long time. If you do the ill-advised things listed above, you can almost certainly ensure a call to your plumber will be in order.