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3 Bad Plumbing Habits to Leave in 2020

2020 was a mess—there's no getting around that fact. Thankfully, we're on the other side, and there's no better time to reflect and grow from past mistakes.

Our plumbers collected the top three plumbing mistakes you should leave in the past.

3 Ways You're Ruining Your Plumbing

You may have no idea how small actions (or inactions) taken in your home can impact your plumbing's overall health and longevity.

Wasting Water

According to the EPA, the average American household wastes over 9,000 gallons of water each year. From hidden or ignored leaks to forgetting to turn off the faucet as you brush your teeth, wasted water can start to cost you. Thankfully, there are some easy ways you can cut back on your water use in the new year:

  • Find and fix all leaks
  • Upgrade the fixtures in your home
  • Only run the dishwasher when it's full
  • Overwatering your lawn or garden

Forgetting to Turn On the Bathroom Fan

Your bathroom fan provides ventilation that prevents mold and mildew growth and saves you from shelling out big on repairs for water damage. The average cost of water damage repairs amounts to $2,967, with most projects ranging between $1,152 - $4,783.

The easiest way to prevent water damage is by running your bathroom ventilation fan as you shower plus an additional 20 minutes afterward.

Using Chemical Drain Cleaners

Chemical drain cleaners corrode your plumbing over time and can cause you to need a full piping repair earlier than you may typically need. If you're dealing with major clogs, try to plunge it out yourself or switch to a drain snake!

Your plumbing is an essential part of your home, so why not take care of it as well as it takes care of you? For any plumbing jobs you can't handle, turn to the pros at EJ Plumbing. Contact us online or give us a call at (650) 513-8852 today!

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