Every day, many homeowners neglect their plumbing and often do things to it that would make professional plumbers recoil in distaste. And trust us, you do not want to piss off your plumber! Here are some things your plumber wishes you wouldn’t do!
Using Chemicals to Clear Drains
We know that clogged drains are among the worst situations homeowners could face. Yet, in a plumbing emergency, too many people reach for various chemicals before calling an expert. You shouldn’t use foam, gel, liquid, powder, or crystal drain cleaners because they are rarely effective. Most of them form a chemical reaction that produces heat to break down the clog.
In theory, the heat should dissolve it and make it pass down the drain easily. But, the chemicals are so harsh that they can damage the pipes. This will almost always destroy older plastic and metal pipes or lower their average lifespan.
What’s more, chemical cleaners will not only impact your pipes. They contain poisonous substances that could cause health issues. That includes severe burns, respiratory problems, headaches, and more. So avoid store-bought drain cleaners or DIY solutions at all costs!
Treating Your Toilet Like a Garbage Can
Most people fail to understand that only a few things belong in a toilet. That includes poo, pee, toilet paper, and water. Your toilet is definitely not a second trash can, and plumbers hate it when people throw all sorts of stuff into it!
Even if your products are marked “flushable,” you should never dispose of them in your toilet. That includes personal care products, wet wipes, feminine hygiene products, cat litter, makeup-remover wipes, dental floss, and more. Other things like food, medicine, paint, and oil could be the death of your toilet. And don’t even think about flushing down your used condom!
Most materials that aren’t TP or human excrement can clog your pipes and your sewer system. Also, toilet pipes are narrow. Flushing down food or garbage will clog them up incredibly quickly. That could damage them and rack up the costs for you and your community.
Doing It Yourself
While quick home hacks and DIY plumbing tricks seem simple when you check them out on YouTube, they will actually cause far more trouble than they’re worth. Actually, attempting some DIY hacks on your pipes, heating, or electricity in your home could cause more damage than you know.
In the long run, those DIY solutions could make you lose more money. If you call a plumber, he can quickly find the problem. Also, plumbers can fix things much faster and save you a lot of time that you would otherwise spend while looking up “simple” hacks and buying equipment.
Whenever you see an issue, it’s better to call a plumber immediately. That way, you’ll only pay for the plumbing repairs and will not have to worry about whether your DIY hack has worked or not. And a word of caution here: DIY tricks to plumbing problems could be extremely dangerous. You could harm yourself or your home by fooling around with incorrect tools or unhealthy chemicals.
Not Having a Leak-Protection System
Leak detection systems can be costly, but they can save your water line, your home, and your valuables. They can also stop you from worrying. Leak protectors cost around a few hundred dollars. What’s more, they provide water sensors, automatic shut-offs, a water valve controller, or even an app that allows you to monitor your pipes.
If your kitchen sink, dishwater, or hot water heater overflows, the system could shut the water off and warn you via an alarm. It can also detect the problem and save you from finding the source of the water damage. Ultimately, plumbers always recommend leak-protection systems because they will pay off eventually. It costs much more to fix leaks than to stop them right at the source!
Overloading the Garbage Disposal
The garbage disposal is one of the greatest home inventions in history. These units are incredibly convenient, and they’ll save you a lot of trouble when it comes to getting rid of leftover food from your plates. However, they are not as clog-proof as everyone thinks. That’s why plumbers advise people to always go easy on their garbage disposal and avoid stuffing them with certain foods.
Generally, you should avoid pouring any type of grease or oil into your garbage disposal. In time, the grease could solidify and cause an obstruction in the pipes. There are many other foods or ingredients that could harm it. That includes animal bones, fruit pits, potato or carrot peels, eggshells, coffee grounds, and more. Even fibrous foods like artichokes or celery could wrap themselves around the stainless steel blades and damage them.
Moreover, flushing non-food down your garbage disposal is not one of the biggest mistakes. They can destroy the motor and the stainless steel blades.
Trying to Have Sex With Them
Speaking of overloading the garbage disposal or cleaning your pipes, you should take it easy on all your plumber sex fantasies! Nobody knows how the whole plumber sex thing started, but we can assure you that plumbers are definitely not pornstars in disguise.
We get it. Some single or married women could get turned on by the thought of a stranger entering their house, fixing their toilet, and then taking out their long and hard plumber’s wrench to fix another type of leak. Still, acting on your plumber fantasies is never a good idea. It’s obviously inappropriate, and you’ll most likely get rejected.
After all, most plumbers are professionals who are dedicated to their work. So, taking off your clothes in front of them while they’re trying to remove leftover lasagna scraps, and who knows what else from your sink is definitely not sexy. Remember, some of the things that plumbers do are quite gross. Even if they’re up for sex, they might not be in the mood after unclogging a bunch of used tampons from your toilet.
Still, that doesn’t mean that plumbers are off-limits. If you really have a thing for your plumber, treat him with respect or even ask him out on a date. Just follow our tips, and you’ll keep your plumber happy!