Homeownership comes with a myriad of responsibilities, many of which are (or should be) preventative measures, but unfortunately, it is not often easy to know them all, or keep every single one in the forefront of your mind. It’s easiest to keep up with the elements that you can actually see, but just because you can’t see other aspects of your home’s construction does not in any way mean that those are any less critical, for adequate disaster prevention. Chances are, unless you actually have a clogged drain, you don’t give much thought to your home’s drainage system. Doing the wrong things to service your home’s drains can be just as bad (or worse) than ignoring them. There is a lot of misinformation in circulation about drain maintenance and care, with some being more common than others. Here are a few of the most commonly believed myths regarding drain repair.
1. Myth: It’s Only a Drain (or Pipe,) I Can Fix it Myself. Most homeowners do not understand the high level of skill involved in drain repair, and pretty much every other aspect of plumbing. Without proper training in drain repair, a well meaning homeowner could wind up doing more damage than imaginable, not only to the drain, but also to other connecting parts. One of the most commonly made drain repair mistakes by homeowners is outshooting damage. This means that in attempting to replace or fix one part of a drain, they often wind up in offsetting the joints and pipes that are connected to the drain and the drain system, which most likely will produce leaks at other places. Of course, there are a few things you can do and avoid to prolong the lifespan of your drains, but other tasks like repairing the drains of a home, annual maintenance and new installations should be left to the capable hands of a professional plumber.
2. Myth: Replacing My Garbage Disposal Couldn’t be That Difficult, Right? You never realize just how much you use your garbage disposal until it stops working. A garbage disposal is an integral part of practically everything you do in your kitchen, and its easy to get so used to it that you just take it for granted. Unfortunately, especially for people who just toss everything in the world down their kitchen drain, expecting the garbage disposal to magically whisk it away, there can be cumulative damage going on that may not show up until the garbage disposal just dies. With some thoughtful use, your garbage disposal will continue to work for you for an extended period of time, however no matter how tenderly you treat your garbage disposal, one day it will just give out. These great food evacuation systems of the modern kitchen are not designed to last forever, and when one completely gives out, do not think that replacing it with a new one is going to be as easy as it may seem. It is best to call the plumber for this one. Be safe, not sorry.
3. Myth: The Best Way to Fix a Clogged Drain is at the Grocery or Hardware store. The truth is that all of those caustic chemical liquid clogged drain remedies you can buy are not only corrosive for your pipes and joints, but they often just simply fail to work. They will, over time, ruin your pipes, and are highly toxic substances to keep stored around the house. too. It is always best, even at the first sign of a drain problem with something as simple as a slow drain, to contact a professional plumber, so you can be sure of the fix and not experience it again.