Pipe systems are often out of sight and out of mind. That is, until something goes wrong with it. While the eventual need for pipe replacement is inevitable, there are certain practices homeowners do that inadvertently cause damage to the pipes.
The experts in pipe repair in Atlanta, GA from The Pipe Medic list which habits could be affecting the integrity and shortening the service life of your plumbing.
Hiring Inexperienced or Unlicensed Plumbers
Working with an unlicensed plumber is risky, and it can backfire in two ways. Professional plumbers are trained and licensed for a reason. Hiring an unlicensed plumber means you’re letting an individual work on your plumbing system and carry out pipe repair services without a guarantee that the quality of workmanship will pass standards and regulations.
In addition, having such an inexperienced plumber or one who isn’t employed by a licensed plumbing and pipe repair company working on your pipes could further damage your pipes. Worst yet, you won’t be able to file for claims since the work won’t be covered by a warranty.
Inadequate or Improper Pipe Insulation
If you fail to insulate your pipes effectively during the cold season, your plumbing system can sustain damage that can potentially cost you thousands of dollars to fix. You may even be forced to replace the entire plumbing system to restore proper water flow.
Pouring Hot Water or Harsh Chemicals Down the Drain
Pouring hot water into the drainage system has become a common DIY method of unclogging drains. Unfortunately, this habit poses risks to your pipes, especially if it’s made of PVC or any other plastic polymer as the high temperatures can deform the pipes. Some homeowners also use chemicals to unclog their drainage systems. However, these chemicals are often corrosive and scotch metal and plastic pipes.
You’re better off hiring a professional from The Pipe Medic for your pipe maintenance needs.
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