5 THINGS YOUR PLUMBER WISHES YOU KNEW
We know just how easy it is to mess up a plumbing system. It’s something you use multiple times every day and like everything else, these systems are subject to normal wear and tear. In addition, some people mistreat their plumbing or make small problems worse by trying to fix them themselves. We certainly enjoy our job and fixing plumbing problems; however, there are a few things we wish you knew to keep plumbing problems from getting worse.
1. YOUR GARBAGE DISPOSAL CAN’T PROCESS EVERYTHING
Just as with toilets, some people assume that the garbage disposal unit in your kitchen sink can dispose of anything you put down the drain. While it’s true that disposals can handle many different materials, there are a few things [such as fruit rinds] that they can’t. Also, you shouldn’t drain things like paint or oil in your sink, even if you’re simply washing a bucket; they can collect in your pipes, causing bigger problems down the road.
2. DON’T PUT ADDED WEIGHT ON FIXTURES
Fixtures are not designed to support a lot of weight. Hanging a shower caddy on your showerhead is fine, but don’t overload it. And never use your tub spout as a foot rest!
3. YOU CAN’T JUST FLUSH ANYTHING DOWN THE TOILET
Toilets are designed for a specific purpose. Trying to flush things that don’t belong in the toilet is a great way to ruin your plumbing system. Among the things we have found in clogged toilets include baby wipes, cotton balls, cat litter, paper towels, and disposable diapers. If you have small children, grab some lid locks for your bowls to stop them from flushing toys down the toilet.
4. ONLY DIY IF YOU KNOW WHAT YOU’RE DOING
It’s understandable that you’d want to save money by fixing your plumbing problems yourself. In fact, there are a few DIY fixes that just about anyone can learn without the help of a plumber. But if you’re not careful, you can create bigger problems that can cost more down the line. For example, it’s very easy to create a leak by overtightening metal or plastic couplings. If you’re having a plumbing problem but aren’t quite sure how to fix it, don’t risk it! Call Anthony's Plumbing to diagnose and fix the problem!
5. FLUSH YOUR WATER HEATER ONCE PER YEAR
Water heaters are something a lot of homeowners tend to disregard. They’re placed somewhere maybe in your garage, and you don’t notice them much, but that doesn’t mean they are unimportant. Tap water that goes through your water heater carries a certain amount of minerals, such as calcium and magnesium. After several months, these minerals start to accumulate in your tank in the form of sediment. This takes up valuable storage space and can lead to increased power consumption. Flushing your tank once every year limits these problems and can even extend your water heater’s lifespan
A RESIDENTIAL & COMMERCIAL PLUMBING COMPANY YOU CAN TRUST
Anthony’s Plumbing is a full-service plumbing company serving the Inland Empire area, as well as Los Angeles and Riverside counties, with expertise in all aspects of plumbing. We’re family-owned and many people comment when our father-son team pays a visit. We offer quality plumbing services at reasonable rates in a timely fashion. No job is too large or too small! We maintain a small fleet of well-stocked trucks and are ready to respond to all your plumbing needs 24/7.