Did you know that your daily habits can have a significant impact on how well your bathroom works and lasts? Many different plumbing mistakes can cause mold growth, broken pipes, leaks and worse. Fortunately, many of these issues can be avoided with simple maintenance and better habits. While you may need to rethink some of your daily tasks, doing so will help save your plumbing significantly.
Don’t Treat The Toilet Like A Trash Can
A toilet can only take so much. There isn’t a trash compactor at the bottom if you’re flushing items you shouldn’t be you’re practically adding a timer to your plumbings lifespan. Nothing other than toilet paper should ever be flushed. While many wipes, hygiene products, and even some cat litters claim to be flushable, they are not.
Turn Your Bathroom Into a Steam Room
Almost everyone likes a hot shower. If you’re steaming up your bathroom without using your ventilation system, you’re putting yourself at risk. Mold and mildew only need a little bit of moisture (like that from steam) to start growing. If you live in an older home without a ventilation system be sure to keep a window cracked.
Keep Hair Out Of Drains
Hair in the drain is one of the worst offenders to the health and ease of use of your sinks and showers. Not only can hair clog your drain and prevent it from emptying, but it can also become a breeding ground for mold and other bacteria. Adding a cover to the shower drain can help trap hair and prevent clogs.
Soften Your Water
Depending on your area and water source you may benefit from adding a home filtration or water softening system. Hard water occurs when your water is high in a variety of minerals, this can cause buildup and a chalky white residue that can be unattractive. Adding a softening system will help keep your pipes and fixtures clean as well as improving your skin and hair.
Ditch the Draino
While liquid drain cleaners can have their advantages, they often can cause more damage than they’re worth without fixing the problem. If you have a clog caused by physical items, like hair, you’ll have more success by removing the source of the problem directly. Use of a tool called a snake can remove clogs quickly, effectively, and efficiently.
Questions? Call B&D Plumbing Today!
If you have any questions about your bathroom plumbing, the experts at B&D Plumbing are here to help you! We have been servicing the Washington DC metropolitan area including Maryland and Northern Virginia. Give us a call at 310-595-1141 to ask us any questions. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest for tips, tricks, and to see what we have been up to.