Dealing with a plumbing issue in your Cocoa, Florida, home is never a fun experience, but you may not realize that some of your habits may be increasing the risk of problems. Take a look at some of the most common plumbing mistakes and how to avoid them.

Putting Too Much Down the Drains

The drain in your kitchen sink isn’t meant for every food scrap that comes from your meal preparation process. In fact, putting certain things down the drain can increase the risk of clogs and a backup. Grease is something that should always stay out of the drain, as it can solidify in the pipe and cause a clog. Other things to avoid putting down the kitchen drain include eggshells, coffee grounds, and the peelings and pits from fruits and vegetables.

Your toilet can also get clogged if you put anything but toilet paper in it. Never flush cat litter, cotton balls, paper towels, wipes, or any fluids that come from your vehicle. These can cause a lot of issues in the pipes. If you have kids in your home, keep an eye on what they put in the toilet as they may be tempted to put toys and other items in the bowl.

Overusing Chemical Drain Cleaners

Another mistake to avoid is overusing liquid drain cleaners. You may think these products are perfect for clearing small clogs, but they’re full of harsh chemicals that can impact galvanized plumbing and increase the risk of leaks and corrosion. Instead of dumping products down the drain, use more natural methods to remove clogs. A plumbing auger is similar to a drain snake and can often clear a small clog with ease. Baking soda and vinegar followed by a flush with hot water may also break up a clog and clear your drain.

If you’re having trouble with your home’s plumbing, it’s always best to bring in a professional to get the problem resolved, so contact our team at Dial Plumbing and Air Conditioning Inc. by calling 321-222-0411.

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