Every day you rely on your plumbing systems to keep your home sanitary. When you shower, use the toilet, or wash your hands you are reaping the benefits of indoor plumbing. However, you may not always treat your pipes with the respect they deserve.

Here are five of the most common ways that homeowners shorten the life cycle of their plumbing without even knowing it.

Faulty Installation

Don’t try to diagnose and fix a plumbing problem yourself or hire a handyman to do plumbing work. Unless you’re a professional plumber, tackling home improvement projects that involve your pipes is not the brightest idea. While DIY projects can be a great way to save money, they’re also a great way to create problems. You should only take on plumbing projects you absolutely know how to complete. Faulty installation can be the cause of serious problems with your pipes down the road.

Debris Build-Up

Debris like hair, dirt, and small toys can obstruct your pipes and lead to clogged or slow drains. If you’re living with low water pressure, slow drains, and standing water, it’s best to have your drains cleaned by a professional. Ignoring debris build-up can cause major issues in the future.

Perpetual Clogging

Whether you’re sending too much junk down the kitchen drain, mixing hair and toothpaste down the bathroom sink, or rolling off too much toilet paper in the powder room, you are clogging your pipes. If you are careless about what you put down your drains, then you are likely doing serious harm to your plumbing system—and no one wants to deal with damaged pipes and costly repairs.

Using Harsh Chemicals

When you have a clogged drain, your first reaction may be to grab the drain cleaner—but stop! Too much drain cleaner can corrode and weaken pipes. It’s also not very nice for the plumber who eventually comes out to clear that clog.

Pouring Grease Down the Drain

While this typically happens in the kitchen, it can affect any drain if grease is introduced to the pipes. Cooking grease does not get broken down, so it builds up over time, even if you only infrequently pour it down your kitchen drain. Grease that does not get broken down by soap simply hardens and clogs your pipes. And, as we mentioned, you don’t want to deal with the cost and hassle associated with damaged pipes!

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If you need plumbing services in Ellicott City, Columbia, or a surrounding area, Heil Plumbing is here to help. Whether you are looking for a drain cleaning plumber, someone to replace your water line, or pipe repair, we are the team to call!

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