The drain is your first line of defense in heading off plumbing issues

Sure there are things that you can’t avoid when it comes to problems with your plumbing. When older water services start to corrode under your home, you need experts to come in and make repairs. There are other examples of aspects of your sewers that need to be looked at professionally, but every homeowner should know the first line of defense in avoiding costly problems is something they see everyday.

Many plumbing issues start with something that’s been placed down the drain—something that was better off being put in the garbage and taken outside to the trash. Consider the recent story of a call where a plumber found a ball of pet hair that had been lodged in the trap under the kitchen sink. When he asked the homeowner how it got there, he was told the sink was used to wash the family dog.

The point here is simple. Dog hair, grease and other household waste items are just that—garbage that needs to be treated accordingly. Try imagining your drain as the first line of defense in avoiding costly repairs and imagine how it snakes all the way down to the sewers under your home and out to the municipal system. When you do, you’ll see how what you put down the drain needs to be selected carefully.

 

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