What Could Go Wrong with My Plumbing?

You probably don't think about your household plumbing every day, but we're sure you'd miss it if you had to go a day without it. From clean drinking water and warm showers to the hygienic convenience of the modern flush toilet, indoor plumbing makes modern everyday life possible. And while you may not think about your pipes when things are going well, it's hard to think about anything else when you have a sudden plumbing breakdown.

Pipes, fixtures and other plumbing parts can degrade with age, and they can become damaged in all sorts of unexpected ways. Sometimes, all it takes is a little extra strain to cause a serious problem. Many plumbers cheekily refer to the day after Thanksgiving as "Brown Friday" in their industry, because the added burden of houseguests and excessive garbage disposal use makes it their busiest day of the year.

Plumbers often spend Brown Friday clearing sewer line backups and disposal clogs related to overuse, but some service calls can be a little more festive. Good Housekeeping quotes Marshall Adams of Adams & Sons Plumbing about a Brown Friday memory that stuck with him: "One year, we got a call from an older woman, because she had a clogged toilet. When we got out there, we saw she had somehow tried to flush an entire turkey carcass down her toilet! Why? She didn't have a garbage disposal."

While you may not find yourself facing a turkey clog anytime soon, plumbing emergencies have a nasty habit of popping up when you least expect them. Here are some of the most common plumbing problems you might experience as a homeowner, as well as a few handy tips to help prevent them:

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