10 Things Your Plumber Wants You to Stop Doing Right Away

Needing a plumber in Winnipeg can be inevitable if you have a dripping or ruptured pipe. But the majority of times, you can avoid clogging your pipes or requiring repairs for your garbage disposal, both of which can be expensive to take care of.

Here are some of the most frequent issues we field calls about at Winnipeg Supply Service Experts and how you can avoid them.

1. Flushing “Flushable” Wipes

Despite the fact they might be known as “flushable wipes,” the ideal location for them is the trash. The only thing that should be flushed (except for the obvious) is toilet paper and septic treatments, if you rely on a septic system.

A Canadian study that examined 101 such wipes found they all failed a flushability test, according to Forbes. Because flushable wipes don’t dissolve like toilet paper, they can block your sewer line and make your toilet back up.

They can also cause problems with city sewer systems or your septic tank. These wipes can attach to other gross things that shouldn’t go down the toilet, such as cooking grease and hygienic products, to lead to a fatberg. As well as being dirty and just plain yucky, environmental nonprofit Green America says these blobs are pricey to get rid of. If you’re on a city sewer system, those are expenses that could get passed on to you in the future.

Whichever type of wipe you’re using—makeup remover, cleansing, baby or sanitizing—it should be tossed in the trash once you’re complete.

2. Flushing Other Things That Should Go in the Waste Bin

In addition to flushable wipes, there are a couple other things that don’t belong in your toilet. These involve:

    • Feminine hygiene products
    • Makeup remover pads
    • Cat litter

Along with wipes, these things can clog your sewer line and overflow your toilet, saddling you with a pricey (and gross) mess.

3. Relying on Automatic Toilet Bowl Cleaner Tabs

Having drop-in toilet fresheners might seem like a great way to keep your toilet bowl fresh, but they may do more damage than good. These tablets usually contain chemicals, such as bleach, which can eat through rubber parts in the tank. And as the tablets melt, they can plug the toilet and prevent it from flushing.

4. Buying Chemical Drain Cleaners

If your sink is plugged, your initial answer may be to purchase a low-priced liquid drain cleaner. However, there are some things you should know about these drain cleaners.

    1. They’re harmful. Drain cleaners are a toxic mixture of chemicals that can burn your skin and eyes. They also produce powerful fumes that can cause respiratory irritation.
    1. They can corrode your pipes. If these cleaners can burn your skin, think about what they can do to your piping: corrosion, breaks and even failure.
    1. They’re harmful to the environment. As you can imagine, these substances aren’t extremely good for the environment.
    1. They might not even unclog your drain. In spite of all the chemicals they include, drain cleaners sometimes don’t even work or only work for a short time. That’s since they often move the clog more into your plumbing until it results in a major problem.

If you do need to use a drain cleaner, we recommend using an enzymatic cleaner. These chemical-free cleaners use bacteria and enzymes to break up clogs and unpleasant odors. While they could take more time than a chemical-based cleaner, they’re safer for you, your plumbing and the environment.

If you have a strong clog that just won’t dissolve, calling a professional plumber like Winnipeg Supply Service Experts is your best option for drain cleaning. While you can rent a drain auger or plumbing snake, it’s simpler to have a pro perform the job. That way, you’ll also prevent harming your pipes and a wide variety of troublesome issues like leaks, damaged seals and unpleasant odors.

After your drain is working like it should, keep it that way by installing a screen to keep hair or food scraps from plugging it again.

5. Pouring Grease Down Your Sink

It could seem like it’s not a problem to pour a little bit of oil down your drain. But over time, that grease can build up and plug your pipes. If the grease leaks into the sewer system, it can stick to flushable wipes and develop a gross fatberg like we talked about prior.

To stop plumbing issues, drain the fat into a can. After it hardens, you can toss it in the waste can.

6. Turning to Your Garbage Disposal for Everything

Your garbage disposal is a useful tool for getting rid of tiny food scraps. But it can’t eliminate everything. To prevent malfunctions or clogs, we advise not putting these items down your garbage disposal:

    • Coffee grounds
    • Pasta, oats, rice and bread
    • Bones, nuts, pits and seeds
    • Eggshells
    • Onions and potato peels
    • Fibrous fruits and vegetables
    • Grease

If your garbage disposal has a bad smell, you can freshen it with citrus peels or a mix of baking soda and vinegar.

7. Ignoring Maintenance for Your Plumbing System

Just like your heating and cooling system, your plumbing also has to have annual maintenance. This service can help us find small issues before they result in major problems, such as a damaging water leak. Some of the issues we are on the lookout for involve:

    • Correct water pressure
    • Dripping or clogged pipes
    • Properly working supply lines and plumbing fixtures like sinks, tubs, showers and toilets

If you do see an issue, like a dripping sink or pipe, it’s crucial to get it repaired immediately before it grows larger or causes damage.

8. Trying to Fix Your Plumbing on Your Own

When you are dealing with a dripping pipe or a leaking washing machine, we suggest calling an Expert at Winnipeg Supply Service Experts for leak repair before it grows or results in damage.

Fixing plumbing is a detailed job that’s best completed by pros. There’s a reason why plumbers go through extensive certification and licensing. Don’t attempt water pipe repair yourself or hire a handyman, because you could end up wasting time and creating a more expensive problem.

9. Trying to Service Your Water Heater Without Professional Help

When it comes to your water heater, service and maintenance is best left to the pros. This includes draining it or examining the temperature and pressure valve. If this isn’t performed right, you could burn yourself with scalding water or flood your house.

Pro water heater maintenance gives peace of mind that your water heater is working like it should. It also provides you a heads-up when it’s time to start considering water heater replacement, because they often only operate for about 10 years.

10. Not Realizing Where the Water Main Shutoff Is

When your residence has a large water leak, it’s essential to know where the main water valve is and how to switch it off. This valve is usually located in a mechanical room near your water heater.

Here’s how to shut off the main water valve in your residence:

    • If it has a wheel: move it clockwise until you can’t anymore.
    • If it has a lever: rotate it about a quarter of the way.

If you’re don’t know where the valve is located, Winnipeg Supply Service Experts can help you find it.

It’s also a smart idea to have a water leak protection system that will sound the alarm and cut off the water if there’s an issue. You can even use a smart system to monitor water use and notify you through your phone if there’s trouble.

Whatever plumbing problem you’re faced with, our Expert plumbers at Winnipeg Supply Service Experts are here to provide support. And we’ll support our work with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year, so you’ll know that your repairs were finished right. Contact us at 204-800-0613 to book your appointment today!

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