Plumbing emergencies could range from leaking faucets, clogged drains, burst pipes to toilet and sewer issues. They can happen anytime and quickly become a headache if not taken care of. Although many of them occur outside our control, there are however a number of everyday activities we do, that contribute to plumbing issues. Certain daily practices cause more harm to our plumbing than many of us are aware of. Some of them include:

  • Pouring grease down the drain: One habit many people are guilty of is, pouring oily or greasy food down the kitchen sink. This might seem like a convenient disposal method but it causes more harm to your drainage system. Hot oil or grease is in liquid form and can easily slide down the drain. However, at a cooler temperature, it solidifies and sticks to the drainage pipes. Other food particles then stick to the grease and it all just becomes a mess. If you have done this in the past, pouring hot water mixed with liquid washing soap down the drain can help liquefy the grease so it flows down the pipe.

  • Washing hair down the drain: Hair, whether long or short, can easily clog your drain, sink, or tub. While washing it down the drain might seem alright, the hair mass is only accumulating and could result in a plumbing emergency before long. The best way to avoid this is by using a strainer in your sink or tub that can capture falling hair strands when washing your hair. Be sure to clean out your strainer on a daily basis.  

  • Disposing trash in the toilet: The toilet is another place where plumbing emergencies occur quite often. This is due to the common habit of using the toilet as a trashcan. Disposing things like pills, paper towels, cotton balls, baby wipes, dental floss, or other foreign objects that are not toilet paper, can easily clog the sewer system and lead to a blocked toilet. Such items are not made to dissolve in water and can get stuck in the pipe. It is most advisable to simply dispose of your trash in the trashcan. Avoid flushing them down as much as possible. A clogged toilet is never a pretty sight.

  • Using chemicals to unclog your drain: While it may seem more convenient to make use of quick-fix chemicals for drainage problems, many of them cause more harm than good. The chemicals are often very harsh and could react with an already corroded pipe leading to further plumbing issues. There is also the issue of safety in handling such products. The effects are usually short-lived and you’ll still end up requiring professional services. Your best option when dealing with blocked drainage is to use a plunger to unclog it.


Many plumbing emergencies can be averted if we change a few habits and intentionally take care of our plumbing system. Do contact a professional plumber in the event of any plumbing issues you may have.

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