Common Sense Tips to Maintain Your Plumbing
Many times it is the everyday things that can cause the most trouble. We become so accustomed to doing something a particular way and do not realize until years down the road that we were doing it incorrectly. In error, there are plenty of people who abuse their plumbing on a daily basis and do not even realize it. Unfortunately, most people do not discover this until they have to spend a ton of money on an expensive plumber.
Sadly enough, some of the most obvious things in life do not really sink in until you have to pay money to get them fixed. But on the other hand, what may seem like common sense to one person may not seem so cut and dry to another. As Voltaire once said “Common sense is not so common.” Amazing this can apply to plumbing. This article will provide a few tips for those who struggle with the obvious when it comes to the rules of plumbing.
Toilet paper is by far one of the worst culprits for clogging up pipes. Sometimes you can be guilty of purchasing the wrong toilet paper altogether. The sad thing is that the worst kind is usually the most inexpensive also. This is why people tend to buy more of it and get clogged toilets. The cheapest toilet paper is generally very hard and tough. It does not break down as quickly or as easily. Thus, it is not good for your toilet and will cause the most clogs.
The best way to account for this and decrease your chances of clogging your toilet is to buy more expensive toilet paper. Test it out first before you purchase it in bulk. If it takes a long time to break down in the water, remember that it will do the same thing once you flush it and go down your pipes. Either you pay a few more dollars now for a better brand of toilet tissue or pay for an expensive plumber later.
Sanitary napkins are also known for stopping up toilets. Without thinking, plenty of women still think that they can flush these napkins down the toilet without causing serious damage. Even more amazing is the fact that these same women will flush the entire napkin, without trying to break it down first. This is just a lack of common sense that will definitely earn you a visit from your neighborhood plumber. Do not fall into this trap. Dispose of all of sanitary napkins and tampons via an alternative method. Do not risk clogging up your toilet and having to call your plumber.
Babies are so soft and beautiful, but baby products can wreck havoc on your plumbing. Disposable diapers and baby wipes were not meant to be flushed down the toilet. Even if your intentions are to break down these baby products before flushing them, they should never be put in your toilet.
In conclusion, there are other ways for disposing these products that will not require your calling a plumber. Do not increase your chances of getting a clogged toilet. Find alternative ways for disposal.