Almost everyone has a plumbing horror story, whether it’s about a small leak becoming a bigger leak, a flood as a result of a clogged toilet, or something in between. While many people are under the impression that plumbing problems are a common concern, that doesn’t have to be the case. In today’s post, we will discuss five common plumbing problems that you need to be aware of so that you can avoid them in the future. That being said, not all problems are avoidable, and if you need help with the plumbing in your home, Connect Group can help! Our expert contractors proudly offer a variety of plumbing services to residents throughout the greater Toronto area, and we are more than happy to help with repairs, replacement pipes, and so much more. Give us a call today!
5 Plumbing Mistakes Everyone Makes
Using Harsh Chemicals
When your tub or sink drain is clogged, your first thought may be to reach for a bottle of chemical drain cleaner to solve the problem — after all, nobody enjoys pulling clumps of hair and other debris out of their drains. However, continually using harsh chemicals in your drains can actually cause more harm than good. While it’s okay to use chemical drain cleaner every once in a while, it shouldn’t be your go-to solution. Over time, the harsh chemicals can weaken the interior walls of your pipes, resulting in leaks. Instead, consider using a plumbing snake regularly to keep your pipes clog-free!
Forgetting to Turn Off the Water
If you do need to do some repairs on the pipes in your home, the first thing you should always do is turn off the water for that specific fixture, or the entire house if necessary. Failing to turn off the water before you start working on your pipes could end in disaster. At the very least, gushing water could lead to a huge mess, but if you’re not careful, it could also cause a small flood. For this reason, we recommend getting to know your plumbing before you begin your project so that you know where the water valve is located.
DIY Without Proper Training
With small plumbing projects, most people believe they can take care of the problem themselves. Unfortunately, some plumbing problems are not easy enough to DIY, even if they seem that way on the surface. Attempting to fix a plumbing problem yourself without proper training can often lead to bigger problems. Some of the most common examples include using the wrong connectors, installing the wrong fixture, fitting the wrong kind of trap, and so on. If you’re unsure how to fix a problem, instead of trying to figure it out on your own, it may be best to contact a professional to lend a hand.
Flushing the Unflushable
You’ve probably heard the warning of flushing things down the toilet that don’t belong there, but once you do it, the thing you flushed it out of sight and out of mind — that is until it causes a problem. One of the most common problems with your toilet is that many people flush things that really shouldn’t be flushed. If you have kids, this may be a common problem, as children are fascinated with the swirling water in the bowl, and they want to see if their favourite toy can survive. Children don’t know better, but as adults, it’s important to remember that your toilet is not a garbage bin, and what you flush down now could come back to bite you later.
Settling on Temporary Fixes
Perhaps you don’t have the money to spend on hiring a professional, or maybe the problem doesn’t seem that bad. Whatever the case may be, temporary fixes can commonly lead to more permanent problems. While the temporary fix may work within your budget and make it seem like the problem is resolved, that doesn’t mean the problem is gone. In fact, more often than not, temporary fixes can lead to more costly problems, which is why we recommend only using a temporary fix while you wait for a professional to arrive.
Contact Connect Group Today!
Whether you’re in need of plumbing repairs or need to completely redesign your plumbing system, our contractors at Connect Group can help. We offer a variety of high-quality plumbing services, giving you peace of mind that your pipes are working the way they should at all times. If you live in Toronto or the surrounding areas, give us a call to request our services today!