Finding Plumbing Issues Early

Five Common Plumbing Issues That Can Be Avoided

by Chris Bowman

You may never think about your plumbing system until it gives you problems, but by then it's usually too late to do anything but call in a professional plumber for help. Your home's plumbing system is actually relatively simple and straightforward, and knowing about a few easy-to-avoid issues in advance could save you time and money down the road. Read on to learn about the five common plumbing issues can can be easily avoided.

1. Vent Misuse

The plumbing vents in your home serve a major purpose – to prevent unpleasant and noxious sewer gases from entering your home. The vents work by using air pressure to keep sewer gas in the line under your home, so that it never has a chance to cause a smelly situation inside your home. Plumbers are often contacted about a bad smell in the home, and the malady is almost always a blocked plumbing vent. These vents can become blocked with debris, insulation and other items. Oftentimes, the vent is blocked with satellite or cable TV wiring and cables. The solution is simple: Keep these vents clear and avoid the problem.

2. Drain Abuse

A clog can occur in any room, but the kitchen is often the location of the most easily preventable clogs. Tiny food particles and grease build up over time, eventually cutting off the pathway completely. Used cooking oil should never be sent down the drain, no matter how hot you run the water while pouring it in. That warm oil will cool quickly and become a solid mass. Transfer cooled oil to a container, such as the one it came in or a liter soda bottle, capped and tossed in the trash, instead.

3. Disposal Problems

Disposals do a great job on larger chunks of food, making it easier to flush down the drain with water. The problem is the tiny pieces of food that the disposal cannot macerate properly. Small-scale food waste like bread, seeds, fruit, peelings, fibrous veggies and rice cannot be processed in the disposal and should be placed in the trash instead of the drain, where it could accumulate and cause a clog.

4. Clog Woes

Did you know that the pipe leading from your bathroom toilet to the first joint is a mere few inches in diameter? Any object larger than a small amount of toilet paper could stop up the works, potentially causing a messy overflow into your bathroom.

5. D.I.Y. Dangers

Much to the chagrin of professional plumbers everywhere, drain-cleaning products can be purchased by anyone, anywhere. These dangerous chemicals can corrode pipes and make it more dangerous for the plumber to get the work done when you eventually do end up calling them.

If the worst has happened and you are faced with a clog, call a professional plumber like Watson Plumbing to help you make things right again and for more tips on avoiding future problems.