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WHAT CAN MESS UP PLUMBING?

September 8, 2021

Mitchel Plumbing Gas

WHAT CAN MESS UP PLUMBING?

Plumbing systems are susceptible to a variety of issues that can lead to problems. Many plumbing issues are caused by clogs or blockages in drain pipes, such as from hair, food residue and other debris that accumulates over time. Mineral buildup from hard water can also be an issue, as it can cause corrosion and reduce the efficiency of your system.


Additionally, corrosion in pipes due to age can cause leaking or rupture. This is because as time passes and pipes are exposed to moisture, oxygen and other elements, the metal in pipes can begin to deteriorate and break down.


Improperly installed pipes can lead to a variety of issues, including leaks, water pressure problems, and even structural damage. Poor installation can also cause broken seals, loose connections, or misaligned pipes.


Lastly, tree roots can be a major source of plumbing problems. Tree roots can grow into a plumbing system and block or clog the pipes, which can cause major damage. If you suspect tree roots are the source of your plumbing issue, it’s important to have a professional inspect your system before attempting any repairs.


WHAT CLOGS DRAINS THE MOST?

Although we may never know what lies ahead, one thing is for certain: toilet troubles. To avoid these emergencies, it's best to only flush the essentials - pee, poo and (toilet) paper.


Furthermore, keep objects like children's toys away from small children to avoid any Willy Wonka-esque disasters in your plumbing system. Condoms and tampons should never be flushed down the toilet, as they can clog the pipes and cause problems for your plumbing.


In addition, try not to pour grease or oil down your kitchen sink as it will gradually build up and cause an obstruction, which could lead to significant plumbing issues. Kitchen sink drains also get clogged with food particles and residue, so make sure to scrape your plates before washing them in the sink.


Hair is one of the most common causes of clogged drains, due to its propensity to collect and form large clumps. Hair can easily be prevented from clogging your drains by using strainers on the shower and sink drains.


Many people ask if soap can clog drains, and the answer is not usually. However, soap scum can build up over time, reducing the effectiveness of your plumbing system.


Finally, the rainwater drain of your home can also become clogged if not properly maintained. Leaves, dirt and debris can accumulate in the drain over time, which can lead to water pooling in the yard or driveway. It’s important to check your rainwater drain periodically and clean it out when necessary.


So what clogs drains the most? It depends on the type of drain, but if we could pick the number one cause of clogged drains it would be hair. Hair is small, and lightweight, and often collects in the drain pipes to form large clumps that can cause serious blockages. To prevent hair clogs, it’s important to use strainers on all of your drains. Additionally, avoid pouring grease or oil down the drain and scrape food off of dishes before washing them in the sink.

DOES BLEACH DAMAGE DRAIN PIPES?

Customers frequently tell me they use bleach to clear clogged drains, but it's not very effective. Bleach is a common go-to for people trying to unclog a drain, but there are better options out there.


However, this common household product can do a lot of damage to your drain pipes. First, bleach is a powerful chemical that can eat away at the material in your pipes and cause corrosion. Eventually, this can lead to a pipe bursting or leaking.


In addition, bleach is not very effective when it comes to clearing clogs. Not only can it not dissolve all types of build-up, but the bleach will eventually wear down and be washed away.


Using bleach to unclog your drains can be more trouble than it’s worth. Not only is it not particularly effective, but it can also lead to pipe corrosion and damage. A better option would be using a plunger or an auger.


The environmental risks associated with using bleach in your drain are numerous and should not be ignored. Not only is bleach a powerful chemical that can corrode pipes, but it can also seep into the groundwater and cause contamination.


So does bleach damage drain pipes? Yes, it can. Bleach is a powerful chemical that can corrode pipes, and it's not very effective at clearing clogs.


If you're dealing with a clogged drain, using a plunger may be the best option. Plunging works by generating air pressure that can break up the clog. Additionally, augers are a great tool for homemade drain cleaning that can be used to manually remove stuck debris.


If you cannot fix the blockage, call us at Mitchells Plumbing and we can take care of it for you. We will be able to figure out what is causing the clog and provide professional drain cleaning services to clear it up.

HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU NEED A NEW PIPES?

There are two main indications that you may need new pipes--either they are leaking or the water pressure is poor. Leaking pipes can be quite a nuisance, as they can cause water damage to your walls and floors, and create an ideal environment for mould growth. If you notice any small or large puddles in your home, you should inspect your pipes for leaks.


If the water pressure is low throughout your house, it could be a sign that your pipes are too narrow or blocked. This could cause water to take longer to get from the faucet to your sink, as well as cause a decrease in water pressure. If you suspect this could be the issue, it’s best to call a plumber to inspect your pipes.


If a plumber determines that you need to replace your pipes, they’ll be able to provide an estimate of the cost and timeline for the job. The estimate will depend on several factors such as the size of your home, how many pipes you need to be replaced, and the quality of the pipes. It’s important to get a professional opinion so you can decide if replacing your pipes is the right decision.


Hope this help, feel free to contact us at Mitchells Plumbing and Gas Brisbane for a professional plumbing service. We offer top-quality services to help you with any of your piping needs.





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