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 no drainage.
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.