2016 New Years’ Resolutions San Diego Plumbers Wish Clients Made
We know that homeowners have this urge to take on do-it-yourself plumbing projects. It’s human nature to want to tackle an insurmountable task, and be the hero of the day. But, alas, when it comes to certain plumbing problems, the experts just do it faster, cheaper and with far less hassle. Therefore, here are our 7 New Year’s Resolutions detailing what we hard-working San Diego plumbers wish homeowners would follow in 2016 . . .
Resolution #1: Thou shalt not assume the kitchen drain disposal can handle anything
Perhaps the biggest culprit to stopping up the kitchen sink is pouring grease and/or cooking oil down the drain. These can clog up pipes because they congeal once cooled. Other culprits that wreak havoc on the kitchen pipes various food items that cannot be broken down easily, such as corn hair and husks, chicken skin, apple cores, watermelon seeds, celery, and potato peels.
Resolution #2: Thou shalt not ignore a leaky faucet
Did you know that something that starts off relatively minor, such as a leaky faucet, can result in damage to the faucet itself? Rust can set in, which even affects the quality of the tap water. If you have a little leak, take care of it right away with a simple seal repair. Avoid the headache of having to replace the whole faucet, and take care of the issue when it is still relatively easy to fix.
Resolution #3: Thou shalt not flush non-toilet paper items down the toilet
This is just basic common sense. Did you know that even something as innocuous as used facial tissue can clog up a drain because it is not flushable? As parents, we sometimes try to make a dramatic point to our children by flushing down banned items, such as cigarettes, down the toilet. Or maybe we flush down a beloved pet goldfish that has died. All of these can stop up the toilet, and cause unintended harm to our poor pipes.
Resolution #4: Thou shalt know where your water’s shut-off valves are
No matter what the leaky emergency may be, water fountains can be costly, causing irreparable damage to floors, carpet and drapes, if left unattended. Therefore, it is of utmost importance that you know where your water’s shut off valves are. You would be surprised how few people know this. They call a plumber, and must be forced to wait until we arrive before their water is even turned off. Do not make yourself a flood victim, and acquaint yourself with where and how your water’s shut off valves work. Hint: whole house water shut off at the front of the garage typically in line with your mail box. Shut off valves also lurk beneath all sinks and on the side of the toilet.
Resolution #5: Thou shalt not try to install large appliances on your own
Whether it is a water heater, a washing machine, or a dishwasher, all major appliances require connections to water lines and even gas lines, so do not try to tackle these tasks yourself. One false move can result in a gas leak, which can lead to a fire, gas inhalation, or even death! Risking your life is not worth saving a few extra dollars by installing these machines yourself. Contact a licensed plumber when installing a major appliance, and then take a deep breath, assured that, for a few extra bucks, your health is still intact.
Resolution #6: Thou shalt not try to fix a clogged-up drain by using harsh clog remover chemicals.
Do not believe those commercials advertising easy-fix drainage solutions in a bottle. The truth is that these products contain strong, dangerous chemicals that actually erode drain lines, resulting in permanent damage. Read our post, “How Chemical Drain Cleaners Work: A San Diego Plumbing Services Tells All” to be truly horrified. Before reaching for what you think is a simple fix to a clogged drain, think about the permanent damage you may be causing. It is always best to call in a professional plumber for any clogged or slow drainage issues.
Resolution #7: Thou shalt not take on challenging plumbing tasks yourself
As much as you may want to take on a plumbing repair yourself, any new problems that arise because of your failed attempts can result in a more costly repair when a qualified plumber is eventually called in. Plumbing technicians have the correct tools and expertise, not to mention the knowledge of local plumbing codes. So please do not damage your whole plumbing system unnecessarily by attempting a do-it-yourself approach to plumbing issues.
Perry Plumbing, National Contractor of the Year award winner, works towards Leak-Free and Unclogged San Diego Households in 2016
When it comes to your plumbing, do not take any chances. Contact Perry Plumbing at 619-472-2112, ( www.perryplumbing.com) and one of our qualified technicians will fix your piping issues, such as clogs, leaks, or worse. Plus, if you received any large appliances for the holidays, our plumbers are all trained in the installation of every major brand. We also have plumbing discounts available to save you money in 2016. Our 5-Star Google Plus and Yelp reviews will assure you that our San Diego customers are very pleased with our high-quality work and friendliness.