Without a reliable plumbing system, your home or business space would get very uncomfortable very quickly. We rely on our plumbing systems to bring clean, fresh water into our spaces and to expel wastewater from them. When things go wrong with our plumbing systems, we could lose access to that vital fresh water — or, worse yet, we could see our home and business spaces invaded by toxic wastewater.
To keep your plumbing system functional and reliable, you’ll need to rely on a professional plumbing team. But your plumber can’t be around all of the time, and they won’t be able to give you advice unless you ask. That’s why you need to be aware of a few basic dos and don’ts for home and commercial plumbing.
Do focus on preventative maintenance
Do you only call the plumber when something goes wrong? If so, you can probably expect things to keep going wrong. Plumbing systems require regular care and upkeep, and repairs are best made when problems are still small.
Preventative maintenance won’t just help you avoid annoying breakdowns. It will also help you save money, because the cost of maintenance is generally going to be less than the cost of repairs. You had better believe that the sewer camera inspection cost is going to be a lot less than the price of a full sewer line replacement! If you’re proactive about this stuff, your wallet will thank you.
Don’t tackle DIY projects you’re not ready for
Do-it-yourself projects are great. They can be a ton of fun, they’ll help you learn a lot, and they may even save you money — though amateur DIYers should expect to have their savings be slim until they get a little handier around the house.
But the place to hone your DIY skills is not your bathroom. You should not be swapping pipes in your basement or messing with the plumbing in your walls. Aside from certain very simple operations, like replacing a toilet change, plumbing is a high-risk and low-reward place for home tinkerers. Flooding issues and other disasters can cost you a lot. You should build a shed or something instead, and call a plumber.
Don’t use liquid drain cleaner
Speaking of DIY, there’s one fix so easy that most people don’t consider it a “project” at all: Using liquid drain cleaner to clear a clog. There’s just one problem — you shouldn’t be doing that!
Drain cleaner is not great for your pipes or drains. It also doesn’t always work, which means that you’ll end up with a clog with a bunch of drain cleaner sitting on top of it. Drain cleaner is dangerous stuff, so your plumber is not going to be thrilled when they have to get through a whole later of it just to clear the clog. For that matter, why would you want horrible poison sitting under your bathroom sink? It could be dangerous to family members.
Do cultivate a strong relationship with your plumbing contractor
We talked about focusing on preventative maintenance. We’ve also said that DIY projects are not something to rely on — or even risk — when it comes to your plumbing. Put it together, and you have a compelling reason to call a plumber!
It pays to have professional eyes on your plumbing system regularly. You should be interacting with your plumber regularly, and you should be trusting them with scheduled maintenance visits as well as emergency repairs. Regular visits will save you money in the long run, especially if you sign a maintenance agreement for long-term coverage.