5 Dumb Things People Do To Their Plumbing

Let’s face it, we all make mis­takes (more than we’d like to admit most likely).  How­ever, there’s a few basic plumb­ing mis­takes that every­one should avoid.  Below is a short list of 5 dumb things that peo­ple do to their plumb­ing.  Please, take the time to read on below and make sure that you aren’t doing any of the fol­low­ing.  We’d love to have your busi­ness, but not at the expense of one of these bone­head issues below : )

1) Join­ing dif­fer­ent types of metal in your pipes — This is actu­ally a very often over­looked issue for DIY plumbers.  Cop­per touch­ing steel, for exam­ple,  cre­ates a process called gal­vanic action.  This really speeds up the cor­ro­sion process, which in turn leads to leaks.  Adjoined met­als need to uti­lize a dielec­tric union or a sim­i­lar approved fitting.

2) Pour­ing cook­ing grease down the kitchen sink - I think just about every­one has done this at some point.  Just a lit­tle left­over bacon grease down the sink won’t hurt, right?  Wrong.   This type of grease is one of the lead­ing causes of clogged drains…more so than excess soap, hair or solid mate­ri­als.  Keep a con­tainer handy to pour excess grease into.  It’ll save you in the long run! It may also keep you from…

3) Using too much drain cleaner (or using it too often) — It’s easy to turn to liq­uid drain cleaner to fix clogs.  When used spar­ingly, it can save you a call to the local plumber.  When over­done, it will cor­rode even the stur­di­est drain mate­ri­als.  Even more upset­ting to you can be the fact that it can make clogs WORSE instead of bet­ter.  Some drain cleaner can actu­ally meld with the clogged mate­ri­als and give you a real mess.  Use spar­ingly and with caution!

4) Drilling or cut­ting into walls near plumb­ing with­out check­ing - I’ve responded to a num­ber of these calls so far this year.  “Help!  I cut into some dry­wall with an elec­tric saw and now I’ve got Nia­gara Falls in my base­ment!”  Make sure and check for hid­den ver­ti­cal plumb­ing in any walls before you drill, nail or cut.  These emer­gency plumb­ing repairs are costly, and the col­lat­eral dam­age (such as soaked car­pet pads or ruined paint­ings) can be even more devastating.

5) Leav­ing hoses attached dur­ing the win­ter - This one’s an oldie but a goodie!  It’s easy to skip this step when you’re win­ter­iz­ing your home.  As you prob­a­bly know, leav­ing hoses out can cause freez­ing of the sill­cock (a fancy term for out­door faucet).  It can really be hard on your hoses too!  Good hoses can cost upwards of $40, so make sure and take them off and turn off the out­side water for the winter.

5 dumb things people do to their plumbing

We’ve all felt like this before…


Like we always say “plumb­ing will go bad on its own, you don’t need to help it out!”  But, if you do, we’re just a phone call away!  Our 24/7 emer­gency phone num­ber is 573–449-7050!


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