Ask pretty much anyone what the most annoying thing about a plumbing system is, and they’ll mention clogs soon enough. For all of the technology that has advanced so far in this industry, there is still one invention and innovation that nobody’s pegged down:
The uncloggable pipe!
Truth be told, every plumber out there knows that this is an impossibility. No matter what the diameter, the materials, etc., if there is a pipe, someone, somewhere, will find a way to clog it.
Today, we’re going to talk about some of the most common areas where clogs develop in homes, why it might happen, and what you can do about it. And when you need drain clogs in Phoenix dealt with, remember that we’re the pros to call.
1. The Kitchen Sink
This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. You use your kitchen all of the time, right? Well, that still doesn’t mean that it should be clogged frequently. In fact, the usage itself isn’t really the factor to consider. It’s the misuse.
What do we mean by that?
- You let too much grease go down the drain. Whether it’s hot grease from the frying pan or congealed grease from the roasting dish you used last night, it does not belong in your drains. Grease will definitely clog up your drain as it cools and hardens up.
- You misuse your garbage disposal. A garbage disposal won’t solve the grease problem. But it also won’t solve the pasta problem! What’s that? Things like pasta and beans absorb a lot of water. That’s how you cook ’em, right? Well, put them down the drain, and they’ll soak up even more water and cause clogs.
- You don’t keep the trap in there! The simplest thing you can do to prevent kitchen sink clogs is to simply keep a drain trap in place. Want to avoid clogs? Don’t let things go down the drain!
2. The Toilet
Yep, you saw this one coming, right? A clogged sink is a big inconvenience. Compared to a toilet that won’t flush, though, it’s a walk in the park. And compared to an overflowing toilet, it’s an all-expenses-paid trip to that park! Why do toilets clog?
- You use too much toilet paper. Don’t pull an arm’s length of TP off the roll. Also, don’t be afraid to flush more than once. We understand wanting to conserve water, but not at the expense of putting too much toilet paper in the bowl and trying to flush it all at once.
- You put nonflushable items down there. And you know what? That includes items claiming to be flushable. The rule to follow is: TP and waste. That’s it. No “flushable” wipes or sanitary products. Trust us. They don’t work.
- You have a clogged sewer line. If the toilet won’t flush, it may not be a shallow clog that you can plunge free or snake out. It could be an issue with a much deeper clog in the sewer. If that’s the case, you’ll likely see slow-moving or backed up drains throughout the house.
3. The Bathtub
You know what? We’re going to keep this one short.
Clean your hair out of the drain when you shower!
Yes, it is trapped there. But some of it will get past the guard if you just leave it there and keep using the tub.
Schedule your drain maintenance services with The Sunny Plumber Phoenix. Bright and Shiny and Won’t Show Our Hiney.