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The last thing you need is to come home to a waterlogged living room. Unfortunately for some homeowners in Sarasota, Florida, that nightmare has been a frustrating reality. You can avoid the stress and expenses of common plumbing problems by adopting these simple habits.

Watch What You Put Down the Sink

It saves time to just dump your leftover food bits down the sink and throw your plates in the dishwasher, but, while convenient, that habit could clog pipes lead to plumbing problems. Anytime you put grease, solid food, egg shells, fruit and vegetable peels, and other types of food that are hard to break up down the sink, you’ll reduce the efficiency of the flow and increase pressure, which inevitably leads to leaks.

In addition to watching what you put down the sink, you can also improve the efficiency of your disposals work. Before putting anything down the sink, turn on the garbage disposal and the hot water. Keep that water running for another few seconds after you’ve dumped the food.

Check Your Water Heater

It’s hard to imagine life without your water heater. Fortunately, your water heater should last between 15 and 20 years, but issues with your water heater can not only rob you of comfort and convenience, they can also flood the room or space where they are located. Water heater issues can range from leaks because of faulty tank fittings to ruptures that occur because of rusting. Check your water heater periodically for leaks, rust, and anything else that seems out of the ordinary.

Even after all you do to prevent plumbing problems, these issues can come out of nowhere through no fault of your own. In those cases, the best habit to adopt is calling your local plumbing specialist as soon as possible. For all your plumbing needs, call Aqua Plumbing and Air at (941) 306-3715.

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