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Stop! That Might Clog a Drain!

plumberWhen it comes to choosing a plumber in Phoenix, you obviously want to ensure that you’re working with a skilled professional who will resolve any problems that you encounter entirely. If you ask us, however, one of the differences between a good plumber and a great plumber is helping homeowners to understand how they can avoid problems in the first place. And if there’s one thing you should know about our Sunny Plumbers, is that greatness is a prerequisite!

That is why we want to share some helpful tips with you about how you can avoid clogged drains in your home. Is there any way in which to guarantee that you’ll never run into problems with your plumbing system? No. Frankly, that’s impossible. If anyone tells you that they have such a secret, find a new plumber. Will keeping these tips in mind help you to avoid problems with clogs as much as possible? You bet! So read on.

Don’t Flush ANYTHING but Waste and Toilet Paper

We know, we know. There are a ton of products out there that claim to be “flushable.” You know why we’re so aware of that? Because we encounter them. In clogged drains. All. Of. The. Time.

Seriously, waste and toilet paper. Those are the only two things that you should be flushing down your toilet. If you do flush anything like baby wipes or hygiene products down the toilet, you’re going to wind up with a clog in that drain. Worse, you may wind up with a serious clog in your sewer line. When that happens, you are going to be in big trouble. Not only does the toilet flow into that pipe, but so does every other drain in your home!

Remember This Word: FOG

No, not the fog that you occasionally see early in the morning or in horror movies and film noir. We are talking about the FOG that gets poured down drains—but shouldn’t. We’re talking about (f)at, (o)il, and (g)rease: FOG.

Now wait a minute, I can just pour that stuff right down the drain. It doesn’t get caught up any more than water would, right? Wrong.

Fat and grease especially will congeal once they’ve cooled down, while oil will also thicken up as temperatures cool. Water can turn to ice, of course, but your pipes aren’t cold enough to allow for that. That’s the big difference. Yes, FOG may be liquid when it’s hot, but it’s not hot in your drains and that congealing factor can lead to serious clogs if you’re not careful.

Use Your Garbage Disposal Appropriately

Oh, come on! It’s not like I’m putting silverware down there!

Okay, we’ll take your word for it. But what about rice? Or pasta? Beans? That’s all just food, right? What’s the problem?

Well, some foods are a whole lot more absorbent than others. It’s not a matter of your garbage disposal not handling those foods, but rather of them absorbing water and swelling up even after being processed and then causing clogs.

Schedule your plumbing services with The Sunny Plumber Phoenix. Bright and Shiny and Won’t Show Our Hiney.

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