Plumbing Dos and Don'ts
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Plumbing plays an important role in every residential and commercial property. You don't want to ignore plumbing, and you should maintain your plumbing system on a regular basis, to avoid sudden inconveniences and unexpected repairs.
Many homeowners and business owners in Victoria find DIY plumbing repairs tempting. Yes, you can do minor repairs yourself, but you should definitely call a plumbing company to manage the serious tasks. If the company is trustworthy, you should be comfortable handing the regular maintenance tasks over to them.
So here are plumbing do’s and don’ts that will help you know when to call a plumber, and what might save you from having to call in the first place.
- Do an annual checkup for toilet leaks. Remove the lid of the tank, and add food colouring to the water in the tank. After 10-15 minutes, check the toilet bowl. If colour is visible in the toilet bowl's water, there is a leak in the flapper valve. Make an appointment with your plumber immediately.
- When you dispose of food scraps in the kitchen sink, run lots of cold water down after them. This will help a lot to prevent buildups, so your drains won’t be clogged as easily.
- It’s ideal to pour 2-3 gallons of hot water down your shower and tub drains once a month, because hot water can clear out build-ups formed by soap and hair. Do not do this if you have a septic system. If you're on septic, use baking soda and vinegar plus a smaller amount of boiling water to clear your drains instead.
- Are you doing enough research? Don't jump suddenly into projects — it might sound tempting, but plumbing projects can be very risky. With DIY plumbing, a small mistake might cause flooding or give rise to other serious damage. If you wish to do a minor repair, understand the procedure before you start. Watch videos and try learning from others' mistakes. Please ensure you have all the right tools before you start.
- It's very important to be safe when working on plumbing projects. Don't put yourself in harm's way.
- Using quality material is very important, whether you are doing your own plumbing or hiring a plumber. When it comes to plumbing fixtures for your property, use only the best. While shopping, make sure you buy plumbing products certified for use in Canada, such as CSA. This ensures the products you are using are of top notch quality and comply with water safety regulations.
- Ask for assistance whenever required, and don't hesitate. There are plumbers in Greater Victoria that offer 24×7 emergency service for just this reason. It's a backup you have and might need anytime.
- Always have a trash box under your sink. Don't put anything down your sink that has a chance of blocking the drainpipes and causing leaks. Pouring cooking oils and fats down the sink can result in gross build-up in the pipes, causing blockages and overflows.
- Don't throw long and thick fibrous materials in the garbage disposal, such as corn husks, onion skins, bones, celery, and non-food materials. Anything that gets clogged can be a plumbing headache.
- Do not pour hot water down toilets! Toilets are not meant for hot water, and it can cause heavy cracks, forcing you to buy a new one.
- Don't ignore warning signs, and do not take any shortcuts. Call a reliable plumber immediately when something is wrong.