As a homeowner, you are probably familiar with the different tasks to clean and maintain your home. From pressure washing your home's exterior and mowing the grass to replacing roofing shingles and cleaning your carpet, it is easy to see the stressful nature of owning a home. Unfortunately, you may not be placing enough emphasis on your plumbing. While leaky faucets and pipes are common, you most likely are not prepared for a burst pipe.
Repairing or replacing a burst pipe can be costly. However, repairing the water damage to your floors, walls, and other areas of your home is a large expense. Depending on the extent of water damage, restoration can cost between $5,000 and $70,000. Thankfully, preventing a burst pipe and water damage is possible. Using this guide on common ways homeowners ruin plumbing pipes, you can avoid expensive plumbing repairs and cleanup.
Chronic Sink Clogs
Occasional clogs in your sink drains are normal. Excessive amounts of clogs in your drains are a sure sign that you are placing the wrong things into your sink. While surprising to hear, using a garbage disposal will not completely grind up debris in your sink. For best results, be sure to clean inside your drain periodically after using your disposal. To prevent chronic clogs, avoid adding the following into your sink drains:
- Cooking Oil/Grease
- Motor Oil/Automotive Fluids
- Paints/Chemical Cleaners
- Coffee Grounds
- Cat Litter
- Egg Shells
- Produce Stickers
- Large Chunks of Food
In addition, cleaning with a hot water and vinegar solution will dissolve away stubborn residue inside your drains. Bring 1 gallon of water and 1 gallon of white vinegar to a boil on your stove. Once it comes to a rapid boil, pour the solution directly into your sink drains.
Without taking precaution and cleaning your drains periodically, you may experience a backup in your drains, leading to burst pipes and expensive repairs.
Chronic Toilet Clogs
Clogs in your toilet are common issues you will face as a homeowner, but they should not become a periodic issue. Chronic clogs may stem from a broken toilet, buildup of minerals due to hard water, or the flushing of foreign objects. This issues can cause a pipe to burst or a more involved septic issue.
Unfortunately, pumping out your septic tank can cost an estimated $250. If serious damage occurs to your septic tank, a replacement may be necessary, resulting in a $5000 expense.
Here are a few tips to prevent chronic toilet clogs:
- Inspect your Toilet – If you hear a hissing sound in your toilet, remove the tank cover and check the interior parts. This sound is most likely water seeping into the inlet valve. Be sure the float is in its correct position to ensure proper flushing. In addition, an issue with your flapper may prevent your toilet from flushing completely. If the flapper is worn or damaged, water will constantly leak into the toilet bowl.
- Check your Water – Hire a specialist to check your water for mineral deposits. Hard water contains minerals that will build up inside your toilet drain, leading to frequent clogs and underlying septic issues.
- Avoid Flushing Foreign Objects – Small toys are fun for children to flush down the toilet, but they can become serious issues for your plumbing pipes and sewage system. Also, avoid flushing paper towels, feminine hygiene products, cleaning wipes, cotton balls and swabs, and medications down the toilet.
Freezing temperatures may cause your pipes to freeze and burst. This affects your need for water, but it also leads to costly replacements and expensive restoration if damage occurs to your house from the water leakage.
Preventing frozen pipes is simple with a bit of effort. During times where you will experience freezing temperatures, allow your faucets to drip and place foam covers over outdoor spigots.
For the best results, protect all water pipes with foam insulation. Visit your local home improvement store for inexpensive pieces of foam plumbing insulation, which are specifically designed for your home's pipes.
Your plumbing is an important part of your home. By understanding these common issues homeowners face, you can prevent overwhelming and costly plumbing repairs. Click here to continue reading more about plumbing problems and services in your area that can help you if your plumbing needs repairs.