Five Tips to Avoid Common Plumbing Problems

In our years of experience as Markham plumbers we have seen pretty much every type of plumbing problem that you can possibly imagine. In those years we have discovered that the vast majority of common problems can be easily avoided by following just a few simple guidelines. So that’s what we will be discussing today, the top five tips for avoiding common mistakes that can cost you a lot of money in repairs.

Flush only human waste and toilet paper – Failing to follow this simple rule is the most common cause of plugged toilets. Feminine hygiene products, diapers and paper towel should never be flushed down the toilet. These products invariably plug drain pipes when flushed and can cause serious damage in older homes with clay sewer pipes.

Keep drains clear – Buying a cheap strainer that fits directly into your kitchen drain can go a long way toward keeping large pieces of food and other objects from falling into the drain and causing clogs. Most clogged drains can be easily cleared by removing and cleaning the p-trap under the sink, but more serious problems may require a call to the Markham plumbers at Preferred Plumbing Solutions.

Check your washing machine hoses – One of the most common causes of flooding in homes is a ruptured washing machine hose. These hoses are easily accessible behind the machine and should be regularly checked for cracks or leaks.

Clearly label the main shut off valve – When a washing machine hose or another pipe bursts within your home, the main shut off valve man be the only way to stop the flow of water before too much damage is done. This is why you should not only label the valve but also make sure everyone who lives in the home is familiar with its location and how it operates in case of an emergency. Also, turning off the main valve when you go on vacation can eliminate the possibility of coming home to a flooded house.

Leave the heat on when leaving home in the winter – This will keep your pipes from freezing and bursting when extreme cold hits. Just like turning the main water valve off should be on your preparation list when going on vacation there is nothing worse than coming home from a vacation and finding your home full of water.