If you have a sink, bathtub, or shower that drains slowly, or suddenly not at all, you’re probably dealing with a clog. Clogs are very common in homes and businesses alike, but they are also very preventable! With just a few changes to your habits, you can keep substances that promote clogs out of your plumbing.
The most common causes of clogs that we see on service calls include:
Hair is by far the most common cause of bathroom drain clogs. Hair falls into the sink, bathtub, and shower drains during our daily grooming routines. As the hair makes its way through your plumbing, it combines with grease and other substances to form stubborn clogs. The best way to deal with hair clogs is to stop the hair from going down the drain in the first place. A simple drain guard, cleaned regularly, is an easy and cost-effective way to prevent hair buildup.
It’s not uncommon to see sanitation departments for large cities complaining about huge sewer clogs formed from old kitchen grease. Cities spend millions each year dealing with grease clogs, and they’re no better for your home’s small pipes either. It may be tempting to just pour that hot grease down the drain when you’re finished cooking, but there are several reasons not to:
- Your plumbing is not designed to stand up to extremely high temperatures, so pouring extra hot grease in them can cause expensive damage
- As the grease cools in your pipes it solidifies, impeding water flow and promoting clogs
- If you have a septic tank, it will fill up much faster and need to be pumped sooner if you pour grease down your drains
Repeat after us: No matter what the package says, there are NO wipes that should be flushed down the toilet! That includes baby wipes and wipes that are marketed as “flushable”. All wipes should go in the trash, period, the end.
Small pieces of food are very likely to find their way down your kitchen drains if you don’t use drain guards. No matter how small the crumbs are, they will cause clogs by getting caught up by grease and hair.
Children love to experiment and play by throwing anything that will fit down the toilet. If you have little ones at home, investing in a toilet seat lock for each of your toilets can save you a lot of time, frustration, and money.
Believe it or not, toilet paper can actually cause clogs in your plumbing. Toilet paper is flushable and biodegradable, but some people use way too much. If a large amount of toilet paper is flushed at once, it takes longer for it to disintegrate. It is also more likely to get stuck in grease or hair already in the pipes. To prevent this, only use just enough toilet paper to handle the job at hand.
If your home has hard water, your pipes may have mineral buildup. This buildup grows slowly over time. You’ll notice your drains gradually becoming slower and slower. Adding grease, hair, food, or other substances to the mineral buildup can cause the draining to slow even more. Adding a water conditioner to your home’s water supply can help with mineral buildup.
Clog Removal in Tampa Bay
If you live in Tampa Bay and have a plumbing clog, call the professionals at Friend’s Plumbing 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. We offer drain cleaning and emergency plumbing services so plumbing issues cause the least amount of interruption to your life. Call us at 727-934-0323 or contact us online for all your plumbing needs!