To be a proficient, expert plumber, it takes a lot of training, knowledge, and experience. So, you can imagine that the average person in Fort Collins is not a plumber and should maybe stay away from anything plumbing related. Is there a leaky faucet? A clogged drain? We know that there are some people who are more comfortable than others with these types of problems, but it’s still a good idea to call a professional plumbing service when something goes wrong. And for those who think of plumbing as just some pipes that run through the house, here are some things that the expert plumbers at Ace Hi want you to know.
Using Chlorine Tablets
Having a clean toilet is something every homeowner strives for, same as us. But there’s one thing that we want you to avoid doing — using chlorine tablets. Yes, it might keep the inside of the tank clean, but over time, the chemicals can actually begin to break down and disintegrate the flushing system. So yes, your toilet will be clean, but you’ll be calling a local plumber to have it fixed.
Inspect Your Hoses
An essential part of plumbing is hoses, especially those that come from your ice maker or washing machine. These hoses have a tendency to crack or burst, which can create a mess that no one wants to come home to. Even if you don’t know much about plumbing, inspecting these hoses for cracks, twists, or bulges is easy to do and can prevent large leaks.
Cramming Supplies In the Cabinet Below the Sink
We get it, the cabinet just below the kitchen sink is the perfect spot for all of your cleaning supplies, including sponges, liquids, and soaps. However, an even better place for them would be in a bin in the pantry or on a shelf in a utility closet. When these products are under the sink, there’s a great risk of them being pushed into the pipes and dislodging them — causing leaks and potentially mold.
What’s Going in the Toilet
It’s surprising how many things that seem small enough to go down the toilet can cause it clog. Be wary of throwing clumps of hair, small bandages, dental floss, or even “flushable” wipes into the toilet. If any of these items get caught, anything that goes down after can eventually build up and get clogged. The best way to prevent this is to keep a trash can close by and use that for all of your trash.
Again, we get it — we know how easy it is to simply pour bacon grease (or any other variety of grease) down the kitchen sink drain. If you have ever poured the grease into an old tin can and saw that is solidified after a few hours, this is what’s happening in your drain when you pour it down there, which is a big no-no for plumbing services. So, keep using the tin can and simply toss it out when it’s full of solid grease.
Water Around the Toilet
You may think it’s just condensation after taking a hot shower, or that you didn’t dry the dog enough after his bath, but a puddle of water around the base of the toilet could be a plumbing issue. Try to not just ignore this, it could mean that the wax ring seal is no longer doing its job. If a Fort Collins plumber doesn’t fix the seal soon, it could cause damage to the floor beneath the tile, leading to rot or even mold.
Your Garbage Disposal Isn’t a Trash Can
There are some homeowners who will always think of their garbage disposal as a second trash can and will throw anything and everything in there. But be wary of items that don’t belong, such as egg shells, bones, onion peels, fibrous vegetables, and nuts. Not only could these items clog the drain, but could also break or damage the garbage disposal.
Have a Big Problem? Call A Plumbing Service
There are countless video tutorials on various plumbing tasks, but that doesn’t mean that watching them a few times gives you the experience and knowledge it takes to do it yourself. At Ace Hi Plumbing, we have been in the industry for years and have seen all sorts of problems and know the best methods and techniques to fix them. And we have the tools and resources we need to do it right, and in a timely fashion.
The plumbers at Ace Hi serve the Fort Collins, Loveland, and Estes Park areas with quality, reliable plumbing service. From the smallest leaks to the largest problems, give us a call for all of your plumbing needs.