Some habits are hard to change, and it can be easy to sometimes overlook some of the common, simple issues with your bathroom plumbing and shower. So, what are three things you need to avoid when using your home plumbing, so everything stays in working order? These tips will make it easier to take care of your plumbing system in your home. That way, you know when it’s time to call in a professional or if there is something you can do yourself that helps with your plumbing repair needs.

1. Hair Build Up In Drains

Whether you or people in your family have short or long hair, it will build up in drains in your home. What doesn’t stick to your wet walls will surely end up going down the drain. You may think a few of your hairs won’t be a big deal, but if you’re sharing a shower, a back-up is bound to happen!  You need to make use of a good drain trap, and you need to make sure you keep that trap clean at all times. At least try to clean it once a week or more often if you have a lot of people in your home to keep hair from clogging your drains. Covers are specially designed to catch hair for easy cleanup.

2. Not Cleaning The Shower Often Enough

Showers are notorious for getting dirty since they are where you go to get clean. All the dirt and grime has to go somewhere, and it can build up quite a bit in a shower setting. If you don’t get a shower cleaned regularly, the grime and gunk can get into your plumbing system and cause a number of issues. Try to keep your bathroom as clean as possible to avoid problems. Leaving wet/damp clothes and towels ina humid bathroom can also create a moist and humid environment – the ideal conditions to allow for bacteria to grow. Do your best to air dry your towel and bring any dirty clothes to the hamper and make sure they’re dry.

3. Never Ignore Minor Plumbing Issues or Leaks!

If you notice that there is a leak somewhere within your plumbing system, do not ignore it. You may think that a small leak is not that big of a deal because it’s not really costing you much money anyway. But, if you let a minor leak stay there, it’s going to get bigger over time. Eventually, this will lead to your home flooding and its lots of damage being done to your home in areas you may not even be able to see. Have a professional fix up a leak as soon as you notice one to stay on the safe side. Also, If you notice an awful stench emanating from your plumbing—particularly your drains or pipes—don’t disregard it with a shrug and a spritz of air freshener. Foul smells from pipes are a good indicator of more serious problems like mold or bacteria build-up.

Plumbing repair work should only be done by a professional beyond what you can do to prevent problems from happening. SAAB Plumbing and Heating is a service you can work with and trust you have found the solution to any kind of a plumbing problem. Our goal is to go above and beyond for our customers so contact us today and we’ll get right back to you!