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Professional Plumbers Share Practical Advice

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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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    Keep Cold Water Running While Using The Garbage Disposal

    First, to keep the garbage disposal from jamming up, don't stuff too much leftover food into it. Then, while the disposal's blades are in motion, run cold water to prevent grease buildup and clogs.

    Even after you turn off the disposal, it's a good idea to let cold water run for an additional minute or so.

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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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    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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