Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Plumbing

The amount of knowledge you need to be a plumber is dizzying, but even a basic understanding of how your pipes work can save you from making costly and avoidable mistakes. Here are some of the top mistakes to keep in mind:

Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Plumbing

Things You SHOULD Do

Shutting Your Water Off

If you’re performing repairs or have a leak or backup spewing water all over your floors, then stay calm and remember you can shut the water off. You shouldn’t need to turn off the water main to the whole house. Instead, look for a valve for the specific appliance or part of the house.

Solder Safely

Whether you’re a DIY novice or expert, it pays to play it safe around bright and powerful flames. When soldering your pipes, wear protective eye gear at the very least, and try to minimize the amount of time you have the flame on.

What You Must AVOID

Pouring grease down the drain

Fat, like cooking oil, when poured down the same drain as water, will cool down and solidify, potentially forming annoying clogs. These can be avoided by pouring the grease into separate containers to be discarded later in the trash.

Flushing debris down the drain

If you use the sink’s garbage disposal or the toilet like a trash can, don’t be surprised if you cause a clog in the pipes or sewer line. Be smart! Use your appliances only for their intended usage.

If you live on Oahu and want plumbers who can go beyond these simple tips, call (808) 691-9309 Oahu, (808) 400-8811 Hawaii Island to get in touch with EPS Hawaii, or, if you live on the Big Island, call (808) 400-8811.


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