Things that Clog Your Baltimore Plumbing & Backup Your Toilet
Between trying to figure out who caused the clog, what the clog is made
up of, how to get it loose, and how to clean up the mess, a toilet clog
can quickly become a house-wide problem that just plain stinks. Wouldn’t
it be wonderful if you could keep clogs from happening altogether? The
truth is that you can! The vast majority of plumbing clogs are caused
by people flushing items down their toilets that their Baltimore plumbing
systems cannot handle. If you have flushed any of the following items
down the toilet recently, you’re inviting a clog.
Hair may seem like it goes down the toilet easily enough, but have you
ever noticed how hair clumps together when it gets wet? Imagine that happening
further down your pipes. Over time, hair can mix with soap scum, toilet
paper, drain cleaner, and anything else you flush, turning into a thick
mass that can become as dense and impermeable as a rubber ball. You should
only ever dispose of loose hair in the regular garbage to avoid problems
like slow drainage or
Some parents will actually cut used diapers down to pieces to make them
fit in the drain and avoid making their home smell like a waste-treatment
plant. This is an alarmingly common practice that can
cause clogs very easily. Even if you cut your child’s diapers up before you
flush, remember that diapers are designed to absorb water and will expand
greatly when they get flushed. It doesn’t take much for a waterlogged
diaper to get caught in a bend in the pipe and block the flow.
Tampons are made of super-absorbent cotton, which poses a problem on two
levels. Firstly, cotton does not easily break down in water. If it forms
a clog, there is little to no hope of the flow dissolving it over time.
Secondly, cotton may not break down, but it can be pulled apart if it
gets snagged on rough pipe interiors. If that happens, it will stretch
across your pipe like a net and catch waste. As the waste piles up, you
will experience sewage backups and terrible smells.
If you are in need of a
Baltimore plumbing company, call ARS to the Rescue for all of your plumbing clog issues.
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