The plumbing in our homes is all too easy to take for granted. Unfortunately, that’s what happens just a little too often. To prevent future clogs, leaks, and water damage, make sure you know about these five things that are harmful to your home’s plumbing.

1. Excessively High Water Pressure

Many people prefer firm water pressure when they shower and wash their hands, but water pressure that’s too high can actually put unnecessary wear-and-tear on your plumbing pipes and water-using appliances. If you hear knocking or banging sounds in your walls after shutting water off, or if you have problems with frequent leaks or bursting hoses, it’s likely that your home’s water pressure is too high.

2. Store-Bought Chemical Drain Cleaners

As opposed to clearing clogs with a drain snake or with powerful blasts of water (AKA: hydrojetting), chemical drain cleaners clear clogs by creating a chemical reaction inside of your pipes. If you use a chemical cleaner once or twice, it’s not likely to cause damage to your plumbing. However, repeated use of chemical drain cleaners can damage your plumbing over time because of how long the caustic or oxidizing chemicals from the drain cleaner can remain in the pipes.

What’s worse, chemical drain cleaners are not effective when it comes to clearage blockages that occur deep in your home’s plumbing, so repeated use of a chemical drain cleaner in this instance basically amounts to pouring money down the drain.

3. Using Drano in the Toilet

If you have a clog in your toilet, do NOT use Drano to clear it. The reason why is similar to what was stated above. When you use Drano, you can’t really control how long its chemicals sit in your toilet. While they are present, those chemicals have the potential to damage aging pipes, weaken PVC (plastic pipes), or even crack a porcelain toilet bowl. When faced with a toilet clog, opt for a flange plunger or a drain snake, or contact a plumber for a basic drain cleaning service.

4. Pouring Grease Down the Kitchen Sink Drain

After you’ve finished cooking, it’s never a good idea to dispose of cooking oils or grease down the drain in your kitchen sink. Even though it seems to go down easily enough, that grease will eventually solidify further down in your home’s plumbing, where it starts to grab onto other items that pass through the pipes and form a clog. Grease should always go straight into the garbage.

5. Flushing Anything But Toilet Paper, “#1,” and “#2”

Your toilet is made to accept two things: toilet paper and human bodily waste. Both of these things are able to break down on their journey through your home’s plumbing system without causing issues. Facial tissue, napkins, paper towels, feminine hygiene products, and even “flushable” wipes do not break down as easily and can cause major clogs. Also beware of flushing stringy items down the toilet, such as hair or dental floss. These types of objects can become wrapped and tangled around other items in your plumbing system, resulting in blockages.

For all your plumbing needs, call Bryco Plumbing today at 818-349-9000