Professional Plumbers Share Practical Advice  

Ann Casano
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Some plumbing hacks are pretty obvious. Most people know not to throw peach pits down a garbage disposal. But did you know that throwing eggshells in the disposal, an old-school life hack, should now be avoided? Do you use Drano to unclog your toilet? Do you clean your toilet bowl with those blue drop-in tablets? Advice from professional plumbers might make you think twice before spending time and money on these common plumbing solutions that can do more harm than good.

No one wants a massive sewer clog. So always keep a plunger nearby, and be careful what you toss down the drain. Keeping your toilets, pipes, and sinks free of blockage and debris is easier than you think with some simple maintenance and preventive tips.

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Use Braided Metal Hoses On A Washing Machine

Skip the black rubber hose and use a braided metal hose for your washing machine. Even hoses labeled "reinforced rubber" are apt to burst.

Instead, prevent home floods by spending the extra money on a stainless steel braided hose.

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Periodically Drain Your Hot Water Tank To Prevent Sludge Buildup

A water heater needs to be flushed once a year to remove any leftover sediment from the bottom of the tank. If you don't remove the gunk, a film will build up that blocks the heat.

This simple maintenance step will improve the water heater's effectiveness and reduce heating costs. 

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Do Not Put Anything Except Toilet Paper And Human Waste In Toilets

Do not treat your toilet like a garbage can. It's really that simple. It may be tempting to toss items like dental floss, tampons, paper towels, or food into a toilet, but just don't do it.

The only things that should you should flush are toilet paper and human waste. Everything else can possibly result in a clogged sewer system. 

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Don't Put Pasta In The Garbage Disposal

When pasta hits water, it expands. Noodles continue to grow as they come into contact with more water.

So if you put pasta and other starchy foods like rice in a garbage disposal, they can expand to the point where they will jam up in the garbage disposal's trap.

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