A Little Plumbing Common Sense Goes a Long Way

By: Keith Jackson  •   Owner Jackson Plumbing, Heating, & Cooling

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Household plumbing seems like a big mystery to a lot of folks, and in some ways it is. Homeowners don’t typically think about how pipes, pressure and fixtures make faucets flow, toilets flush, or dishwashers wash. They simply expect everything to happen like they want it to, when they want it to. And when something doesn't work, that's when they call a plumber.

We’re totally on-board with that last point, and we are happy to help out-whether it’s a sudden plumbing emergency or something you’ve been meaning to get around to for months. So, give us a call whenever you need us. 

In the meantime, here are a few “Common Sense” practices can help you avoid a lot of messy plumbing situations:

• Don’t flush anything down the toilet except toilet paper. Use a trash container for all the small garbage that accumulates - Q-tips, cosmetic sponges, cotton balls, etc. Also, despite common belief, your bathroom toilet is not the best place for a fish funeral. Do not flush goldfish down the drain.

• When using the garbage disposal, add the garbage a little at a time and avoid potential drain cloggers: corn husks, artichokes, other fibrous floods, uncooked meat fat put into the disposal, or liquid fats poured down the drain. Let the water run for at least 30 seconds after using your disposal.

• Check your washing machine hoses periodically for signs of bulges or leaks. Replace any that show signs of wear and tear.

Because elements within any household plumbing systems decay over time, your best bet for keeping track of your plumbing’s status is with an annual inspection by a trained plumber.

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