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How “Not” To Treat Your Plumbing System

Unfortunately for our plumbing systems, people don’t always know what they can and cannot do to them, which ultimately can lead to very costly repairs. We have compiled a list of common household mistakes to avoid that could potentially cause damage to your plumbing system.

  • Leaving hoses connected during winter.
    Hoses, if left out year-round, can be damaged by weather and can lead to freezing of the outdoor faucet or its water supply pipe. To prevent this, be sure to remove and store your hose during the colder months. Attaching a thermal cover for your outdoor hose bib is another great idea.
  • Using too much drain cleaner.
    When used judiciously and as directed on the right kind of clog, over-the-counter drain cleaners can be effective and relatively safe for drains. However, if used too often or not as directed, they can corrode some drain materials, and can actually make clogs worse.
  • Joining two different metals in piping.
    When dissimilar metals, such as copper and steel, are touching, a process called galvanic action leads to corrosion, which can lead to a leak.
  • Pouring grease down the kitchen drain.
    If you’re in the habit of pouring bacon or other grease down the kitchen sink drain, you might want to think twice. Grease is notorious for clogging drains.
  • Using the toilet as a trash can.
    Flushing one improper item down the toilet ultimately can stop up everything in the house, such as baby wipes, paper towels and feminine products. This can back up the main drainpipe to your entire house, which results in major repairs and possibly flooding within the home.

If you experience any of these issues, please contact a Beutler Air Conditioning & Plumbing representative for assistance, call 916-646-2222.