What Can Damage Your Plumbing System?

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How long has it been since you checked your plumbing system? Unless you’ve had an issue, it’s likely that you’ve never actually checked it.   Having a professional plumbing company inspect your plumbing system and execute regular maintenance will ensure it’s working properly, that any problems are found and dealt with before they become major issues and plumbing emergencies are avoided.

Your plumbing system was built to last, but like any mechanical system in your home, it should be maintained on a regular basis.  Here are some things that can have a negative affect on your plumbing:

1. Hair

The thought of wads of hair jamming your plumbing is just gross; but surprisingly hair can cause some serious problems in your plumbing system.  Hair on it’s own isn’t that harmful, but if it is stuck in your pipes it will become a dam of grease, soap matter and other gunk that can cause a serious threat to your pipes.  A mass of hair and other material can clog your pipes completely.

If you can open the pipe to physically remove the blockage, do so.  If not, try using a drain cleaner and if that doesn’t work you might have to get in there with a drain snake.

2. Cleaning agents

Cleaners that are used to clean bathroom floors, toilets and, drains are effective, but some heavier chemical cleaners can cause damage. Some cleaning chemicals are acidic and corrosive in natural. These corrosive chemicals, especially heavy-duty drain cleaners, will not only eat through the matter clogging the pipe, but will also eat into your pipe material and damage it.

Consider using eco-friendly cleaners or making your own cleaners out of vinegar and water or baking soda can help reduce these harmful effects.

3. Cold temperature

We live in Canada and sometimes our pipes freeze!  When the temperature drops and your pipes are not insulated properly, the water inside of them can freeze up and cause all kinds of problems.  If the swelling of the frozen pipe doesn’t cause a leak or serious damage, the ice inside will at as a blockage impeding the flow of water, building up pressure until eventually the water will burst out of the pipe.  This will cause all kinds of costly damage.

Have one of Edmonton’s best plumbers inspect your plumbing system to ensure the pipes are properly insulated and not in danger of freezing.  If you are going out of town in the winter time, turn off your water completely and have someone you trust come check your house every other day to ensure your plumbing remains thawed!

Once your plumbing system is damaged, it can be a hassle to get it repaired. Look for the best plumbing Edmonton on RenovationFind.com and hire a professional plumbing company.  They have the expertise and knowledge to inspect, maintain and repair your plumbing system.

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