Plumbing Tips to Avoid Clogged Drains, Water Damage, and More

Some plumbing issues need to be looked at by a professional plumber, and our experts at GELCO Plumbing & Heating can definitely help with any problems. It’s important to take care of your plumbing system in your house or in your commercial space to ensure it will run efficiently and effectively for a long time.

Here are some of our plumbing tips to help you avoid costly repairs:

1. Putting Grease Down Your Drain

There is a long held myth that you can safely dispose of grease by dumping it down the drain provided you run hot water to prevent it from congealing. We see a lot of plumbing problems that are a direct result of this procedure. While the hot water theory has all of the appearances of being sound, it is exactly the opposite of what you should do because the actual problem has been pushed much further down downstream deeper into your sewer system.


The best solution for this is not to dump cooking grease down the drain at all, rather to dispose of it as a solid in the trash.

There is also another alternative and that is to consider rinsing it down with cold water or dumping the fat into cold water prior to disposal. This will solidify the fat before it hits your pipes and travels through them as a solid. While this doesn’t ensure that you will never get a clog, typically they form much earlier in the system and in places that can be reached by common household products and techniques.

2. Uncontained Water Damage

One of the more common plumbing problems that we run into is water damage from uncontained water. We usually come in to fix plumbing problems after they have occurred meaning that we see the full effect of the damage that it causes. Many times much of this damage could have been minimized or even prevented by quick actions by a homeowner.


The most important thing that someone can do when there is a plumbing problem is stop the water from flowing by shutting off the main water valve. Since the main water valve will shut off pressure to all of the water systems, this will stop or mitigate any leak regardless of the source. Take a few minutes to find your main water valve into your home and learn how it operates so that you can isolate a leak next time it happens.

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