You swear you didn’t know that you were doing anything wrong. Your neighbor told you they do it all the time! Sound familiar? As a kid in Highland Park, Illinois, such excuses may have flown, but they won’t work with the plumbing technician whom you’re paying to fix your broken pipes. If you want to avoid plumbing damage and the associated repair costs, stop doing these seemingly harmless habits.

Using Drain Cleaner

We know that it seems like such a simple solution: pour drain cleaner down the sink to free a clog. It’s not quite that simple, though.

Drain cleaners may not solve the problem and can damage your pipes. Toxic elements in such cleaners may also harm you and the environment. To make matters worse, many homeowners don’t realize that they exacerbate damage when they use the same drain cleaner in their toilet that they use in their sink.

Throwing Trash Down the Kitchen Sink or Toilet

It makes things easier to dump all your food scraps down your sink and forget about them, but they may come back to haunt you. Even if you have a garbage disposal, many food scraps shouldn’t go down the sink, lest they cause a clog and put too much strain on the pipes. You should also avoid flushing toiletries down the toilet. In both cases, a trash can is always the safest option.

Trying to Fix Pipes Yourself

You may think that because you can fix your car, you can repair your plumbing. We respect a courageous, handy nature as much as anyone. But attempting to fix pipes without proper training will often cause more damage that requires extensive repairs. When in doubt, always turn to the professionals.

You have enough to worry about without adding plumbing damage to the list. Treat your plumbing right, and you’ll avoid any surprises. When your pipes need some TLC, call Carefree Comfort, Inc. at 847-388-0115.

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