Having young children in the home can be exciting, but it can also present some challenges when it comes to keeping your home in good repair. Children are often fascinated by plumbing fixtures, and this fascination can lead to some unique plumbing problems.
Here are three plumbing problems to be aware of that your children might cause in the future.
1. Smelly pipes in your laundry room.
While you might not think that having kids could affect the smell of the pipes located in your laundry room, the birth of a baby can significantly change your laundry routine. Many new parents choose to use cloth diapers rather than disposable ones. Cloth diapers are more environmentally friendly, but they can take a toll on the pipe responsible for draining water from your washing machine.
Organic waste residue that is washed out of the diapers flows through the drainage pipe. Over time, this residue can adhere to the walls of the pipe and begin to smell. You will need to contact a plumber to clean the pipes in your laundry room in order to get rid of the smell cloth diapers can leave behind.
2. Clogged toilets.
Children are fascinated with toilets. It's not uncommon for a child to flush one or more toys down the toilet. These toys can become lodged in your sewer pipes and clog up the toilet.
While preventing your children from playing with toys near a toilet is the best way to avoid this unique plumbing problem, once the toy has been flushed you should rely on the help of a reputable plumber to avoid further damage from a clogged toilet. A plumber will be able to use a hydro-jet to force the toy out of your sewer pipe, clearing the way for water and waste to travel safely into your sewer line.
3. Malfunctioning garbage disposal.
Having access to a garbage disposal can make kitchen cleanup a breeze. Unfortunately, a garbage disposal can cause smelly clogs in your kitchen sink when malfunctioning. Children are notorious for putting foods down the garbage disposal that should be placed in the garbage instead.
Pasta, grease, potatoes, and egg shells can all wreak havoc in your garbage disposal. You should be prepared to contact a reputable plumber to help you restore functionality to your garbage disposal in the future if your children like to clean their own plates after meals.
Watching for plumbing problems is important when you have children. Luckily, the unique plumbing problems that a child can cause can be addressed by a skilled plumber, such as those at Lewis Plumbing, with ease.