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3 Plumbing-Related New Year's Resolutions You Should Make

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Most people tend to make their New Year's Resolutions surrounding their personal health and well-being, such as losing weight or quitting smoking. While these resolutions are great, maybe you could add a couple of home- and plumbing-related resolutions to your list. After all, this stuff is important, too, right?

Resolution #1: Stop Treating Your Toilet Like a Garbage Can.

Everyone has probably done it at some point or another – throwing trash into their toilet, and this year is a good time to try to stop. Your toilet is in no way a trash can. You should not be flushing anything other than human waste and toilet paper. Otherwise, it could cause a significant blockage somewhere in the plumbing pipes, which could then result in an unflushable toilet or possibly even a flooded bathroom.

So, in other words, things like wet wipes, tissues, hair and Q-tips should never go into the toilet and should definitely never be flushed. After all, that's why there is a trash can in the bathroom!

Resolution #2: Be Kinder to Your Disposal.

It isn't uncommon at all for people to treat their garbage disposals more like a garbage can for all leftover foods on their plates. However, there are some foods that are simply not capable of being properly processed by your disposal. For example, potato peelings, bones, stringy foods (celery, lettuce and corn husks), coffee grounds, pasta, and grease should never be put down your garbage disposal.

When you put foods that are not made for your disposal, you may not only damage the disposal, but you could clog the kitchen drain and damage the pipes. Also, when using your garbage disposal, make sure that you are running cold water before, during and after to help reduce waste buildup that often results in unpleasant odors.

Resolution #3: Reduce Your Water Usage.

It is always a good thing to be a little greener, so this is definitely a good resolution to make this year. When you look at from a daily perspective, it can be easy to reduce the amount of water that you are using. All you have to do is make small and simple adjustments to your daily lifestyle in order to make pretty big adjustments to your water consumption. For example, you can save up to 10 gallons of water each day by simply turning off the water while you're brushing your teeth. Not only will you be conserving water, but you will also be saving yourself money. That's a win-win!

Contact a service, like Roto Rooter Plumbing & Sewer-Drain Service , for more help.