Did you know that some seemingly innocent habits can cause serious damage to your plumbing system? Treating your toilet as if it were a trash can, abusing your garbage disposal, and avoiding regular maintenance are among the most common.

Keep reading to learn which plumbing habits you must ditch immediately. 

1. Pouring Coffee Grounds Into Your Disposal

Your garbage disposal isn’t a trash can: it’s not designed to handle coffee grounds, fibrous foods, potato peels, pasta, rice, egg shells, and cooking grease. These items can easily form a natural plug inside your plumbing system, and you’ll have to spend a lot of money to repair the damage. 

If your disposal is clogged or backing up, you can try solving the problem by pouring vinegar and baking soda in the drain. 

2. Overdoing the Drain Cleaner

Attempting to unclog a sink or toilet with drain cleaner should be done with care, if at all. These products contain strong chemicals that may damage your pipes and, if you have a septic tank, they could kill the good bacteria that break down wastewater. 

Use an old-fashioned plunger instead: block the overflow opening of your sink, place the tool over the drain, and thrust it with an up-and-down motion.

3. Ignoring a Small Leak

A minor leak from one of your faucets may look like something you don’t need to worry about, but it might quickly increase your water bill. Why would you waste money on something that could easily be fixed by scheduling plumbing maintenance? Also, a small leak can damage your pipes in the long run, causing the repairs to be far more expensive when the problem becomes a major one. 

4. Shaving Over the Sink or in the Shower

Hair may cause a blockage to your pipes by sticking to soap residues and forming a clog. And we’re not only talking about facial and body hair: the same applies for women’s tresses and pet hair. 

The easiest way to prevent the problem is to use a sink strainer that will catch the hair before it falls into the drain. If your shower is already clogged, try using a drain snake or call a professional plumber to unblock the drain.

5. Throwing Everything Down the Toilet

Feminine hygiene products, baby wipes, cotton balls, cigarette butts, band-aids, and cat litter don’t belong in the toilet, even if their packaging says “flushable.” They’re known to create big clogs that are difficult to deal with, and they may even cause your toilet to back up.

Also, avoid using extra-thick  toilet paper because it doesn’t dissolve as well as the regular types, potentially causing problems.

Your plumbing system is the most important part of your house. With our advice, you can take care of it in the correct way. If a problem becomes large and you can’t fix it yourself, don’t hesitate to call a professional plumber.