At Crawford Mechanical Services, we’re determined to provide the best plumbing services in Ohio, so we only hire plumbers and technicians who truly care about their craft. We’ll brainstorm effective solutions to fix your leaks and unclog your drains, but we know you’d rather prevent these problems from occurring in the first place. In order to minimize your costs and make your life easier, we’ve decided to share some of the most common plumbing mistakes that our customers make. We know how to reverse the damage that these household blunders cause, but if you learn how to avoid them, that won’t be necessary.
1. Leaving the hose outside year-round
If you’re a homeowner in Ohio, you already know that our cold winters create a laundry list of household risks and expenses. However, you may not realize that your hose is actually one of the biggest culprits of wintertime damage. When temperatures begin to plummet, you should disconnect the hoses from all your outside faucets. If you leave them attached, your water lines could gradually freeze, causing extensive damage to your pipes and home.
2. Abusing your garbage disposal
Far too many homeowners overestimate the power of their garbage disposal. Don’t adopt an “out of sight, out of mind” mentality about the items you shove down your drain. Only small, soft, organic matter belongs in the garbage disposal. Fruit peels, rice, and other hard foods can damage the disposable blades, and paper products will clog the pipes over time because they don’t break down.
3. Attempting to fix it yourself
Unless you’re a professional plumber, you should think twice before tackling a plumbing problem yourself. Even if a visible clog or leak seems minor, the damage could be more extensive than you realize. Don’t replace a pipe or connector yourself, try to access the main water line, or use any tools to unclog your drain. Our dedicated team of plumbers and technicians have access to the industry’s best resources, including high-quality tools and creative training techniques, so they’re much more qualified to diagnose and solve your problem. If you put it off or try to fix it yourself, the resulting damage will be far more costly than a single visit from an expert.
4. Using excessive drain cleaner
Grease and harsh chemicals may clear your clogs, but over time, they also erode PVC and metal pipes. Instead of overloading your plumbing system with these abrasive materials, try a simple mixture of vinegar and baking soda, then flush it out with boiling water. This is an eco-friendly and gentle way to break up waste and residue.
5. Leaving the water on
The moment you notice a leak, turn the water off. There might be leaks elsewhere, but even if the water loss is very minimal or gradual, you should never try to repair or investigate it while the water is still running. This is especially important if you need to disconnect a pipe for any reason; rushing water will flood your home much faster than you might realize.
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