Your home’s plumbing is not impervious to damage. In fact, many products that people commonly pour down drains can cause serious clogs or other harm to your pipes. Here are the top three worst offenders for your home plumbing system.
“Flushable” Wet Wipes
One of the primary problems for toilets is flushing wet wipes. Despite the companies advertising these wipes as flushable and breaking down in sewer systems, after 10 minutes in a mixer to test their breakage, most remained intact.If you like the clean feeling that these wipes give you, throw them in the trash instead of flushing them down the drain. The future cost of clearing your drain due to a clog from these wipes is not worth the convenience of flushing them.
Another major cause of clogs in home drains is kitchen grease. Even if you have cooking oil from a pan or deep fryer, it may not remain liquid as it cools. Most cooking grease will solidify once cooled, especially products containing animal fats. This cooled grease creates a clog in your drain, which will cause slow draining or backed-up water.Instead of pouring kitchen grease down the drain, dispose of it in a coffee can and check with your local authorities for the proper method of throwing it away.
Liquid Drain Cleaner
Liquid drain cleaners claim to clear clogs. While some do prove effective, they can also be severely caustic, putting you at risk of chemical burns on the skin or eyes when you pour these down the drain. Additionally, these cleaners should never go down the toilet because their chemical reactions can cause the porcelain to crack.Drain cleaners also don’t dissolve products like toys that have gotten flushed down a toilet. Therefore, if a plumber needs to clear your drain, they could experience physical harm from the drain cleaner in the line.Skip the drain cleaner if you have a clog and call us at Best Service Plumber if your plunger does not get the water moving.
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