Don’t Get Bogged Down by Clogs
Modern plumbing is one of the most convenient and life changing developments of our time. It works so well that it is basically out of sight, out of mind. What you can’t see when you’re using your kitchen or bathroom is that clogs can easily form in your pipes and block your system from working so seamlessly. Clogs in your sewer system are one of the most common plumbing problems homeowners face.
5 Most Common Clogs
- Hair. Hair is an extremely common cause of clogs, especially in the bathroom. Hair can not only build up to form hairballs that create blockage, but they easily glob on to other particles and debris in pipes. So even a single hair that slips down the drain can eventually form a tough clog. To prevent hair from clogging your drains and wreaking havoc on your sewer system, make sure you place a strainer over drains. You can also make sure to brush hair away from sinks. When cleaning hair from drains, be sure to throw it away in the trash can; avoid flushing it down the toilet.
- Food. Over time, even small food particles can build up in your pipes. Always place a strainer or mesh filter in your kitchen drain to prevent food particles from creating clogs. The garbage disposal can also lead to clogs. It is such a convenient appliance that it is tempting to dump large quantities of food down it and rinse it away. But disposing of food in this way is bad for your plumbing. The disposal does not always cut down the food enough and it can become lodged in your pipes, creating blockages.
- Paper. Toilet paper is specially designed to disintegrate once it is flushed down your toilet. But other paper products are not. Paper towels, sanitary napkins, baby wipes, etc., are all common causes of clogs. These types of paper products do not break down after being flushed and they can create major clogs in your pipes. Be careful to only flush toilet paper down your toilet and make sure all members of your family follow that rule.
- Bath salts. Bath salts are designed to be used in the bath tub and not many people think twice about letting the water wash away down the drain after taking a relaxing bath. While bath salts are relaxing, they don’t always dissolve in the bath water, so they can get stuck in your pipes and create blockages.
- Grease. Many people pour grease down their drains because they don’t realize that this liquid could harm their plumbing. While it is initially in liquid form, the grease hardens once it’s cooled and can become lodged in your pipes. It also causes other particles and debris to glom on and enlarges the blockage. Dispose of grease by letting it cool and then throwing it away with your garbage.
Regardless of how diligent you are about caring for your pipes and preventing clogs, they can sometimes still pop up. If you are dealing with a difficult clog, call the professionals at RupCoe Plumbing & Heating Co. at (732) 491-8303. You can also find them online at www.rupcoe.com.