Common plumbing problems can be costly and time consuming. As a result, many people will go to rather extreme lengths to deal with the issues themselves. Sometimes, these “fixes” can actually make situations worse in the long run. If you want to avoid plumbing bills in the days ahead, here are a few mistakes you should avoid.

Common Problems People Make With Their Plumbing And How To Avoid ThemFocus on what you flush – The drains in your sinks, showers, and toilets are not portals to a black hole. While it may seem convenient to wash different things down the drain, you may be causing headaches for yourself later. Using care in what you put down the drains now, will save you from serious clogs later. When in doubt, throw it away instead.

Watch where you put the grease – One of the quickest ways to clog a sink is to use it as a grease disposal. As the grease cools, it solidifies in the pipes, gathers passing dirt and debris, and causes serious clogs.

Ditch the Drain-O – Many people think that drain cleaner is the fix all for anything they put down the drain. However, drain cleaner used improperly will only exaggerate the problem. The chemicals in drain cleaners are corrosive enough to even eat through plumbing pipes.

Use caution with the chemicals – We are blessed with a multitude of chemicals to make life (and cleaning) easier. But sometimes, these chemicals can have adverse affects on our plumbing systems. Be careful about the chemicals you wash down the drain, especially if you have a septic system.

Plumbing pipes are only for plumbing – The venting pipes installed in your home are intended for venting your plumbing system. While they may seem like a very convenient pre-built entrance to your home, using these pipes for other purposes (i.e. running wires) will damage the system and allow sewer gases to escape.