How to avoid major plumbing disasters

For a homeowner, there are few things more annoying than a plumbing problem. Whether it's a leaky faucet or a clogged toilet, you always want to avoid it turning into something more major. Luckily, the professionals have some tips that can prevent minor plumbing issues from turning into major disasters. See their tips below:

1. Before you begin a DIY project that involves plumbing, call a professional. Even the most simple, well-intentioned DIY projects can go bad quickly. If you're about to undergo any projects that involve removing/replacing fixtures, cracked tiles or leaks, consult with a plumber first.

2. Avoid major water damage when pipes break by shutting off water. If a pipe breaks, turn off the water supply valve as quickly as possible. This will stop the flow of water and minimize water damage in your home.

3. Insulate your pipes to avoid them from freezing and breaking. One of the most common causes of broken pipes is freezing, which you can avoid by wrapping pipes in heat tape or insulating them.

4. Avoid an overflowing toilet by only flushing toilet paper and human waste. Toilets will get clogged from time to time, there is no avoid that; however, you can avoid an overflowing toilet by teaching everyone in your household to not flush paper towels, feminine hygiene products and cleaning products. You can also keep your toilet drain emptying properly by flushing it with a combination of baking soda and vinegar from time to time.

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