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Plumbing Blunders: A Guide to Plumbing Maintenance

Your toilet is clogged again, and this time you are to blame. (Who would have thought flushable kitty litter wasn't really flushable?) To help you avoid future clogs and floods, here are a few things you should avoid when trying to be an amateur plumber.

Noxious Chemicals

Although they say chemicals clear a clog in minutes, they rarely do the dirty work. Not only are these chemical toxic, but they can also ruin your drain pipes and the equipment used to clear the blockage. To prevent future clogs, keep hair and other debris out of the drain.

Use the Trash Can

Your toilet is not a trash can, so even products labeled "flushable" should be put in the real trash bin. This includes baby wipes, make-up remover cotton pads, cat litter and disposable toilet scrubbers. They simply don't disintegrate quickly enough and are known to cause clogs.

You are not a Plumber

Trying to diagnosis the problem yourself definitely not a good idea. Yes, it looks easy when researched in online, but after you've disassembled your kitchen sink, you may find yourself totally perplexed. Spare yourself the headache and hire a professional such as Rakeman Plumbing. Plumbers are skilled in diagnosing and repairing problems that eager homeowners simply don't know how to do.

Where's the Main Water Valve?

If you aren't a fan of swimming, it's probably not a good idea to attempt to repair your plumbing when you have no idea where the main water valve is located. This is a surefire way to flood your home when trying to repair even the smallest of plumbing issues.

Make Friends with Your Garbage Disposal

Garbage disposals are great when they are used properly, but if you decide to test the limits and pour sticky grease in it, your one-time friend will turn its back on you and retaliate by backing up in your shower. Be kind to your garbage disposal by feeding it garbage slowly with the cold water running. Keep in mind a garbage disposal is not meant for regular trash. Do not put anything that is not a food product into your garbage disposal.

Keeping the plumbing running smoothly in your home isn't as hard as it seems. If you find yourself going head to head with a plumbing problem you simply can't repair, play it safe and call a professional.

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