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Avoid These Three Common Plumbing Maintenance Mistakes

Dealing with plumbing maintenance is most likely something you hope you never have to stress about. Any time you have a problem, looking for the fastest solution so you can get back to your routine is probably pretty high on your priority list. But what about those plumbing maintenance mishaps that end up causing more problems than you anticipated? Here's a quick list of things you may want to avoid when it comes to routine plumbing maintenance:

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  1. Damaging Drain Cleaners – While drain cleaners can certainly be ideal for quick clog removal to get things going again, using them in high volumes repeatedly can actually cause even more damage to your pipes. The chemical compounds in drain cleaners can eat away at the pipes in your home, eventually causing leaks and other damage that may present major issues in the long run. If you decide to use chemical drain cleaners, remember that less is more.
  2. Garbage Disposal Woes – Having a garbage disposal certainly has its conveniences. You may have even read the list of things that shouldn't really go down the drain, like egg shells and coffee grounds. But how many times have you thought to yourself, "Well, just this once it won't make a difference"? Taking care of your garbage disposal includes following the instructions of what not to send down the drain all the time so you don't end up needing major plumbing maintenance or having to call for a replacement too soon.
  3. The Toilet Trashcan – We've all done it – flushed something gross down the toilet because we just want to get rid of whatever the item is. Unfortunately, this may not always be the best choice for your toilet or for your plumbing. Keep your toilet reserved for things that should actually be flushed, and leave other items for the garbage can.

Of course, if you have any questions about plumbing maintenance at your home or you require professional assistance, just give us a call at Benjamin Franklin Plumbing in Southern Pines. Our experienced team is available 24/7 to meet your needs.