Some people have a good grasp of plumbing, especially when they grew up with a father or a grandfather who was pretty handy around the house.
If you were the kid who wore your Dad's tool belt as he repaired a clogged garbage disposal or a leaky faucet, you may have a good understanding of how indoor plumbing works.
On the other hand, perhaps you grew up in apartments. Whenever your single mom had a problem with the plumbing, the apartment manager would dispatch a handyman or a professional plumber to fix the issue.
Or, perhaps your parents were very busy people with demanding careers. Your father was travelling all the time and your mom was always at the office, so you were cared for by your grandmother or a babysitter.
In other words, your father didn't have time to do work around the house so he called a professional plumber whenever there was an issue. Our point is, some people understand indoor plumbing, while others don't have a clue.
If you fall into the latter group, it's OK, it's not necessarily your fault. Sometimes upbringing makes all the difference in how "handy" someone is.
So, Now You're a Parent?
So, now you're a homeowner and a parent? Whether or not you're handy, we'll tell you right now that your kids' habits – good or bad – can either cost or save you money plumbing-wise. Just ask any plumber who's a father too, he'll tell you that he's definitely spent time teaching his children how to take proper care of the plumbing in their home.
After all, he has no desire to spend hours repairing something if he can prevent the problem in the first place. He'd much rather be fishing, camping, or at home watching a game with his kids.
It doesn't matter if a plumber has all of his tools in his truck parked in the driveway on a Saturday or Sunday, he'd rather be enjoying family time than doing plumbing repairs because his teenage daughter flushed too many cotton balls down the toilet when she was doing her nails.
So now, we're going to share the same plumbing tips with you that we share with our own families. Here's what to teach your children:
- Don't pour grease, coffee grinds, stringy vegetables, rice (it expands when wet), potato or carrot peels, egg shells (membranes get caught on blades), or large chunks of food down the garbage disposal.
- Use cold water when using the garbage disposal.
- Don't flush dirty mop water, pills, trash, tissue, paper towels, baby wipes, toys, toothbrushes, Q-tips, or cotton balls down the toilet. Only flush toilet paper!
- Don't overload a clothes washing machine. Doing so can cause it to be off-balance, it can loosen the parts, it can lead to leaking, and it can drastically shorten its lifespan, causing Mom and Dad to fork over $500 to $1,000 for a new model way before they're ready.
- Learn how to load a dishwasher in order to maximize its efficiency. You can take detailed instructions from Mom or Dad, or read the manufacturer's loading instructions.
- Hair clogs bathroom, bathtub, and shower drains! Use a hair-catching device that goes over the drain, available for a few dollars at plumbing supply stores, superstores, and places like Home Depot. This is especially important if you have daughters!
We hope this information helps! If you're looking for a plumber in Kansas City, or if you have an issue that needs addressing, don't hesitate to contact A-1 Sewer & Septic Service Inc. to schedule a service call!