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Plumbing tips that every Collinsville, IL homeowner should know

Here’s what you should know about plumbing before buying your home

When it comes to owning a home, many prospective home buyers envision hanging out at home, having a place to call their own, and being able to make any changes they like. However, current home buyers know that this is just an illusion. To be frank, homeownership is a never-ending cycle of repair and replacement, repair and replacement. Additionally, if you don’t understand the ins and outs of a home, you’ll spend a fortune to pay plumbers, HVAC repair people, and other professionals to tell you fairly simple things. With that in mind, here are some plumbing tips that new homeowners should know about their plumbing system before buying their homes!

chemical cleaner plumber facts

Stay away from chemical drain cleaners

Chemical drain cleaners are bad for your system. While many see this as commercialism’s gift to plumbing, the truth is that these harsh chemicals are bad for your system. They may actually cause the materials that are stuck in the drain to meltdown and cause an even greater clog. Additionally, they can damage pipes, causing a leak or break that you’ll have to spend even more to repair. Use natural drain cleaning methods to protect your system!

toilet paper plumbing tips

Does the type of toilet paper matter?

It does, to an extent. While almost all toilet paper will dissolve in water, products that marked “extra soft” or “extra strong” are made of multiple plies of toilet paper, which can cause clogging problems if you have a low-flow toilet that utilizes less water than standard models.

drain clog plumbing tips

What is the best way to unclog a sink/toilet?

You’re not going to use chemical drain cleaners, so what can you use? Any natural method including a plunger or auger will work just fine, and they’re both available at local hardware stores. Additionally, the best natural drain cleaner may be dish soap and boiling water. Dish soap is a safe product that can break down grease and grime and bind clogs together while boiling water will quickly wash away the remnants.

kitchen sink plumbing tips

Can’t I just use the disposal for food waste?

NO! You should avoid putting food waste down the drain at all costs. In fact, garbage disposals can cause far more harm than good. Chopping food waste up into little tiny bits will actually cause things to stick together more, which in turn will clog your system faster and more frequently. If you have a garbage disposal utilize it seldom. If you don’t have one, don’t get one!

flushable wipes plumber facts

Are flushable wipes really flushable?

No. They’re not always flushable. The term “flushable” in this sense is used by marketing companies to say that you’re not going to pollute the environment and that the product will eventually break down. However, many times it doesn’t break down fast enough and can cause serious problems for your system!


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