Avoid These 7 Things You're Ruining Your Pipes and Drains.

You're Ruining your pipes, which means you're ruining your wallet. Avoiding these 7 things will save you thousands in the long term. 

1 - Using "Flushable" Wipes

These so-called flushable wipes are not so flushable. Now don't get me wrong there's nothing wrong with using flushable or even non-flushable wipes. However, the amount of damage caused to your pipes and to the environment is unthinkable.

2 - DIY Plumbing Repairs

Contrary to popular belief plumbing is extremely complex. You can be an expert in DIY projects or even be the greatest handyman in the world. Trying to take on a plumbing job as a non-plumbing technician will almost always lead to bigger and more expensive problems.

3 - Do Not Dispose Cooking Oil or Grease Down the Drain

When disposing of your used cooking oil, however, it is important to remember that oil and grease do not behave like other liquids. When hot, they can be in a liquid state, but if oils have time to cool and accumulate over time, they can coagulate and solidify — especially when they mix with the fats and greases from the meats and other ingredients you have been cooking.

4 - Do Not Throw Trash Down the Drain

Trash belongs in the trash and can not go down the drain. Flushing trash and putting it down the drain will ruin a plumbing system. It does not disintegrate and could get trapped leading to a blockage.

5 - Avoid Using Toilet Fresheners

While toilet fresheners make the toilet water a pretty shade of blue, then contain harsh chemicals that can cause damage to the working parts of a toilet. Aside from the harsh chemicals they contain, they can ruin a plumbing system if a large particle breaks off, as it can get caught in the flush valve and prevent the toilet from flushing properly.

6 - Outdated Water Heaters

Old water heaters are just not only inefficient but are not built to last forever. Chances are an old water heater will go out when the homeowner least expects it, like when they are on vacation. An old water heater could start leaking and cause all kinds of damage. Water heaters should be replaced every 10-12 years or so.

7 - Harmful Chemicals in Septic Tank

A septic tank needs to be properly taken care of to prevent damage. Harsh chemicals like drain cleaner, bleach, paint, etc. can ruin a plumbing system and septic tank by causing damage to the tank itself and harming the natural microorganisms that eliminate the waste. When a septic tank isn’t working properly the outcome is not very fun, and can, in fact, be quite an expensive repair.

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