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The New Year is officially here, which means out with the old and in with the new! Now is the perfect time to bid farewell to outdated and inefficient plumbing habits that could be causing more harm than good.

As we step into 2024, let’s take a closer look at five common plumbing practices that are better left in the past!

Ignoring Small Leaks

In the New Year, promptly handling any water leaks should be a top priority. Even minor drips from faucets or small pipe leaks can lead to significant water wastage and potential damage over time. Not to mention, you can waste hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars a year by ignoring a water leak.

Overusing Drain Cleaners

Drain cleaners are advertised as completely safe for your drain, but this is far from the truth. While they might offer a quick fix, these harsh chemicals can damage pipes and pose major environmental hazards. Opt for safer alternatives or consult a professional plumber for stubborn clogs. 

Flushing Non-Flushable Items

We recommend making it one of your New Year’s resolutions to stop flushing non-flushable items down the toilet (yes, this includes ‘flushable’ wipes). Items like wipes, cotton balls, and paper towels can lead to clogs and sewer backups.

Neglecting Regular Maintenance

We understand there are so many tasks to complete throughout the year as a homeowner. But in 2024, leave behind the habit of neglecting plumbing maintenance. Schedule routine inspections and maintenance for your plumbing system to catch potential problems early and prevent costly issues.

Misusing Garbage Disposals

If you have been misusing your garbage disposal, you aren’t alone – but now is the time to kick that bad habit. Avoid putting inappropriate items down the garbage disposal. Grease, fibrous foods, bones, and coffee grounds should be disposed of separately to prevent clogs and damage to the disposal unit.

By letting go of these habits and adopting more responsible plumbing practices, homeowners can maintain a more efficient and trouble-free plumbing system in 2024. To get Standard on your calendar to service your Birmingham, AL home this year, give us a call at (205) 386-4001 or schedule your appointment online.

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