Simple Ways To Prevent Plumbing Problems

Posted on: 11 April 2016

It's ideal for every homeowner to have a trusted plumber who can be called around the block to deal with any type of plumbing situation -- emergency or otherwise. While involving this expert can take the burden off your shoulders, it's important to ensure that you're doing everything you can to avoid contributing to plumbing problems. Your home's plumbing system can require help from a plumber for a variety of reasons beyond your control -- but having to schedule this visit is tougher to swallow when you know you've directly caused the issue. Here are some assorted ways that you can reduce the risk of creating a plumbing problem.

Install A Toilet Lock

If you have young children, installing a toilet lock can save you lots of hassle. Children can easily drop their toys into the toilet -- by accident or on purpose -- and then flush it. This will create a blockage that you might not be able to fix on your own. Toilet locks are inexpensive, available at your local general merchandise retailer and easy to attach in just a couple minute. Typically, the device has two self-adhesive sections that you attach to the bowl and to the seat.

Place A Hair Catcher Over The Tub Drain

Whether you tend to lose a lot of hair in the tub or you see hair around your feet only on occasion, it's a worthwhile investment to place a hair catcher over the drain. These small basket-like devices are inexpensive and can prevent a major clog issue that requires the help of your plumber. Individual strands of hair can gather in your pipes and, over time, form a blockage that prevents the water in the tub from draining properly. With a hair catcher in place, you simply wait until the tub has drained and then remove the receptacle, empty the hair into the garbage and then put it back into place.

Turn Off Your Taps Gently

When you slam a tap shut because you're in a hurry, you'll often hear the pipes in the wall rattle because of the sudden stoppage of water. Over time, this vibration can loosen pipe joints and you could be looking at a major leak and subsequent water damage -- all because you were rough when shutting the taps. Make a habit of being gentle when you turn off your taps and you'll reduce the likelihood of having this problem occur. Contact a business, such as Budget Rooter Plumbing & Drain Cleaning, for more information. 

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