Kids can be hard on plumbing, which can lead to all sorts of issues and repair expenses. Fortunately, there are ways to avoid some of the biggest culprits when it comes to your children. Knowing the main plumbing mistakes that lead to problems can empower you to stop them.
#1: Leaving drains open
Any open plumbing pipe can invite the wrong sorts of items being dropped in, which can lead to a major clog. Kids can accidentally (and purposefully) put all sorts of items down the drain. Toys are common, as are wads of paper. The easiest way to avoid this problem is to place a cover on all drains. If the drain doesn't already have a screen or inserted plug, then have one installed or at least purchase a removable drain screen. Both sink drains and tub drains should have a cover to help avoid problems. Toilets are a bit trickier to protect, although you can put a lid lock on the toilet if your child is not yet potty trained.
#2: Installing hard to reach handles
The handles on a sink undergo a lot of wear and tear under normal use, so you don't want to speed up the process. Handles that are hard for children to reach tend to get pulled on in ways that cause stress to the parts. This is why handles breaks or washers and gaskets give out prematurely. Consider installing simple lever-style handles instead, since a child can generally pull these forward or lift them up (depending on operation mode) even when standing on tip-toe. It's also a good idea to consider installing a lock or cover on the hot water tap if you have younger children so you can avoid burns.
#3: Ignoring slow drains
Tub trains often seem to get clogged more often when you have kids. This is in part simply because kids tend to get dirtier than adults, which means you have more mud, food, and silt going into your plumbing to cause clogs. An increase in bathtub toiletry use, like bubble bath and soap crayons, can also be the culprit. The soap traps hair, mineral deposits, and dirt in the drains, which in turn causes buildup and a clog. You can minimize the problem by pouring boiling water down the drains at least once a week to dissolve and rinse away soap scum before it gets too severe.
For more help, contact a residential plumbing contractor in your area.