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The Shocking Reality About
Your Blocked Drains


Category: Plumbing

Are you tired of how your sinks and toilets drain? It's quite probable that if these plumbing system parts could communicate, they would let you know that you're contributing to the issue. We're not being impolite, nor are your sinks and toilets. The majority of the time, bad practices among homeowners are to fault for frequent drainage issues. The majority of clogged drains are the direct result of flushing the incorrect objects down the toilet and placing items in sinks and garbage disposals that go in the trash, even if aging and improperly built pipes can be causes for slow-flow drains, leaks, and frequent backups.

What Not to Flush

Let's start by discussing the toilets in your home. It is frustrating and unpleasant to have a clogged toilet. Clogs can occasionally be caused by issues with sewer pipes, such as tree roots encroaching on the pipe, but more often than not, the issue is with what is being flushed. Toilets do not serve as trash cans. The plumbing that removes waste water from the house, including the drain and pipes, are not made to handle non-organic material. The following are typical objects that our plumbers discover in pipelines that are quite problematic:

  • Feminine hygiene products

  • Diapers

  • Baby wipes

  • Paper towels

  • Q-tips

  • Facial tissue

  • Washcloths

  • Children’s toys

What can you flush then? The only thing that can be flushed is toilet paper. Additionally, you should pay attention to how much toilet paper you flush. Without getting too personal, flush a little at a time if you need to use significant amounts. Make sure the toilet paper you buy is septic system appropriate if you have one. The majority of popular brands of toilet paper are septic tank compatible, although generic off-brands might not be.

Using the Sink 

Household sinks are the second plumbing fixture that is frequently overused after the toilet. While most homes are cautious when disposing of so-called waste, such as wrappers and paper goods, they are not as cautious when rinsing things that solidify as they cool. Garbage should also contain cooking oil, butter, fat, and even fatty and oily food scraps. These can cause issues if you wash them in the sink or even put them in the garbage disposal. These compounds become harder as they cool. Even if you use hot water to rinse or grind them, they may still remain in the pipes where they will ultimately cool and cause a tiny clog.

Routine Drain Cleaning Catches Problems Early

By spending money on regular drain cleaning services, you may save money and steer clear of any plumbing disasters. The majority of residential drain cleaning costs less than $100 and can provide you with piece of mind. If you haven't had a sizable party or a holiday get-together and aren't ready to commit to annual drain cleaning, at the very least think about using the service. With greater utilization, plumbing systems may be tested. Want additional advice on maintaining the plumbing system in your home? Learn more about our drain cleaning services by reading our other blog posts or by giving us a call.

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