How COVID–19 Might Be Affecting Your Household Plumbing

Household Plumbing

Amidst all this Coronavirus madness, there’s one thing you may not have thought about: your plumbing. Even if you don’t have a delicate or outdated system in your home, these last few weeks (and who knows how many more are to come) have no doubt been rough on your home’s plumbing.

 

Everyone’s at Home at the Same Time

You may have thought about this if you have a big family. Usually, this is the time of year when kids are still in school and adults are at work. Even at weekends, kids have sports, practices, and other activities. Teens are usually spending time with friends or maybe working to save for college. Whatever your family activities are, they’ve likely all been canceled, congregating everyone at home.

It might not be pretty to think about, but school, work, or public bathroom breaks now all take place in your home. That’s a lot of added stress on your home’s plumbing!

 

Disinfectant Wipes – Flushable or Otherwise

We need to start by talking about so-called flushable wipes. If you don’t like large plumbing bills, don’t flush them. Any brand, any claim they may make–they’re a plumber’s nightmare. They might flush easily, but they clog your pipes and cause much more expensive problems down the road.

Speaking of expensive clogged pipes, we are all aware that the hottest commodity of the season is toilet paper. It’s tempting to compensate with other materials, like paper towels, napkins, and other paper products, but DO NOT flush these down your plumbing system! These materials are tougher to break down than toilet paper and won’t pass through the same way. It might be cumbersome now, but it will save you hundreds–if not thousands­–later on.

If this is a concern in your household, please give us a call. And don’t forget to wash your hands!

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