Things That Can Damage Your Plumbing

Plumbing DamagesYour household depends heavily on the health and reliability of your plumbing system. If your sewer line clogs or a pipe bursts, life can suddenly become extremely inconvenient. At JP’s Plumbing & Heating, we enjoy helping our local residential and commercial clients find ways to improve the safety and effectiveness of their plumbing system. We want to do the same for you as well. Unfortunately, there are a lot of well meaning property owners that work hard to keep their pipes, fixtures and appliances well maintained, yet unknowingly create habits that will undermine their efforts long term. Here is a list of common problems that can lead to frequent plumbing repairs or the premature replacement of your plumbing system.

Grease and Kitchen Scraps
Preparing meals and cleaning up the aftermath can sometimes feel like a chore. For this reason, it can be common for busy homeowners to rinse the debris from their dishes into the kitchen sink without a second thought. Unfortunately, some of these items can be cause a lot of issues for your plumbing system. Grease, oils, egg shells, coffee grounds and other food remnants can create massive clogs that will eventually lead to messy backups and sewer line problems. Even if you have a garbage disposal, be sure to keep harmful foods out of your sink and throw them away in the trash or compost.

Garbage
While your toilet paper can be easily flushed down the toilet, other household items shouldn’t be put inside the toilet bowl. Feminine care products, baby wipes, Kleenex, cotton balls, Q tips and other toiletries should always be tossed away in a nearby garbage can. Families with small children also may need to keep a close eye on their little ones to ensure that small toys and other items aren’t accidentally flushed. This kind of debris will not break down properly and can cause clogs and damage to your pipes.

Growing Roots
Tree and shrub roots can also cause big issues inside your pipes. Thirsty plants that seek out water will infiltrate underground pipes if possible. Once they are inside the plumbing system, they will be nourished by the continuous supply of water and nutrients and can grow uncontrollably. Roots have the power to form cracks and can cause a pipe to collapse if they aren’t removed in a timely manner.

Caustic Chemicals
Chemicals must be handled carefully. Some people choose to use concentrated chemical products for various purposes and assume that it is okay to place these solutions inside their sinks, tubs or drains. The truth is that these harsh chemicals can cause corrosion in metal pipes and might melt or warp PVC and other materials. Overuse of drain cleaners can lead to similar results. Research the proper disposal methods associated with any chemicals used in your home or business to avoid unnecessary harm.

Do You Need Help with Your Plumbing System? Call JP’s Plumbing & Heating Today
Are you worried that damage has occurred inside your pipes? Get the help you need by calling the experts at JP’s Plumbing & Heating. Our certified, licensed and insured local  plumbers provide quality residential and commercial services including inspections, clog removal, drain cleaning, water heater replacement, leak repair, plumbing installations and more. Do you live in Darien, Cos Cob, Greenwich, Greens Farm, Fairfield, Norwalk, New Canaan, Riverside, Weston, Trumbull, Southport, Old Greenwich, Milford, Wilton, Shelton, Westport, Stratford, Connecticut or a surrounding city? Then contact our office today to schedule your next appointment.

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