Set a New Year’s Resolution to Avoid These Plumbing Mistakes
The beginning of the year has become synonymous with setting goals for the new year. Whether that means setting some fitness or professional goals, people everywhere are motivated to make changes.
One resolution homeowners should make this year is to avoid common mistakes that could take a toll on the home, specifically the plumbing. Here are three bad habits to change this year to ensure that the plumbing stays reliable in 2023.
Stop Using Liquid Drain Cleaners
Homeowners can clean their drains with some DIY drain-cleaning strategies. However, most plumbers actively discourage the use of liquid drain cleaners. Liquid drain cleaners are made of dangerous chemicals that can cause extensive damage to piping and septic systems.
Instead of using these harsh chemicals, homeowners should try safer methods to help keep their drains clear between professional drain cleanings. To help clear buildups of grease or soap scum, try some old-fashioned methods like pouring very hot water down the drain or spooning baking soda and then pouring vinegar into the drain. However, professional drain cleaning is the best way to prevent clogs, clear clogs, and keep drains clean.
Stop Neglecting the Water Heater
The water heater may be one of the most underappreciated appliances in the home. Water heaters spend years tucked away in a garage or basement, faithfully providing hot water day after day. Isn’t it time to show appreciation instead of forgetting about it?
Routine water heater maintenance is the best thing that homeowners can do for their water heaters. Allowing a plumber the chance to maintain the water heater once per year allows them to perform tasks that can make the water heater last longer, prevent repairs, lower energy bills, and stay efficient. Some of the tasks that a technician will do during this visit can include:
- Draining the water heater
- Flushing solids from inside the water heater tank
- Checking safety devices
- Inspecting and cleaning the burner
- Checking the anode rod and looking for corrosion
- Searching for signs of leaks
Stop Attempting DIY Plumbing Repairs
DIY plumbing, with the exception of some drain cleaning remedies, is generally discouraged. Too often, homeowners have plumbing problems and assume they can tackle them by themselves. Unfortunately, complications commonly arise because homeowners don’t have the proper training, tools, or experience, and the resulting repairs can be expensive to fix and cause damage around the house.
Instead, homeowners should always choose to hire qualified professionals. Keeping a reliable and trustworthy plumber on speed dial gives the homeowner confidence and peace of mind that plumbing work will always be done right the first time. Plumbers have years of training and experience that guarantee that their repairs will be more dependable, faster, and possibly even cheaper than a homeowner attempting to DIY. This year, skip the hassle of fixing damage from DIY plumbing and get the job done right with a call to a plumber.
About Guardian Plumbing and Drain
Guardian Plumbing and Drain is a reliable local plumber serving Cobourg, ON, and the surrounding areas. They provide free estimates, same-day service, and financing. Call them today for plumbing or water heater services in Cobourg, ON.