Dealing with a clogged drain or toilet can be as unpleasant as finding a surprise guest in your bathtub. While the temptation to channel your inner DIY-plumber is strong, some actions should come with a hazard sign and a “Don’t even think about it!” Here are the definitely-don’ts:
The Chemical Cocktail:
Mixing random chemical drain cleaners is like creating a science experiment gone wrong. It might not end in a volcanic eruption, but the toxic fumes and potential reactions could make your plumbing system wish it had a hazmat suit.
Superhero Cape Down the Toilet:
Flushing things like paper towels, diapers, or your cousin’s ill-fated superhero cape down the toilet won’t make them magically disappear. In fact, it might just create a plumbing villain with a vengeance.
Tree Roots vs. Garden Hose:
Trying to blast away tree roots with a garden hose is like bringing a water pistol to a root wrestling match. Roots need professional attention; your garden hose just needs to stick to watering plants.
Coat Hanger Circus Act:
Fashioning a coat hanger into a makeshift plumbing tool might seem resourceful, but your pipes will likely disagree. That clinking and clanking could be the overture to a disastrous drain symphony.
The Overly Ambitious Plunger:
A plunger is a trusty sidekick, but an overly ambitious plunging session can turn your bathroom into a splash zone. Plunge wisely, and remember, it’s about pressure, not Olympic diving.
The MacGyver Garbage Disposal Fix:
Attempting to MacGyver your garbage disposal with makeshift tools is a recipe for a sitcom-worthy disaster. Spare yourself the sitcom laughter; let a professional handle it.
The DIY “Drain Snake” Dance:
Macarena? Electric Slide? No, it’s the DIY drain snake dance. A real drain snake is a pro’s tool, not a dance partner. Leave the waltzing to the experts.