Clogged pipes? 8 Plumbing pipe problems to avoid
Call an Atlanta-based plumber to solve your plumbing pipe problems.
By Angela Tague
If the kitchen sink won't drain, or your bath water takes an hour to go down, you've got some plumbing pipe problems. Clogs can creep into your pipes and cause homeowner headaches overnight. Here are eight of the most popular reasons your pipes aren't functioning properly.
4. Flushed objects
To children, the toilet is a play toy. Drop a toy in, press the magic handle and "Wooosh!" the toy disappears. If your toddler's entire set of building blocks has come up missing, and he eagerly points to the toilet when you ask about the blocks, you have a clog coming. It's best to keep the toilet lid latched and remind everyone in the home that only toilet tissue and bodily waste get flushed. Don't flush feminine hygiene products, baby wipes, cigarette butts or paper towels. These can clog the delicate waste system. If you have a septic system, make sure to regularly add digesting bacteria to the system to keep waste moving smoothly through the system.
5. Hair build-up
Although you only lose a few hairs each time you reach for the shampoo, hair accumulates. Balls of hair commonly clog bathtub, shower and sink drains. Install a small drain basket to collect hair, and remember to empty it after each time you wash your hair. Small pieces of soap, nail clippings, hair care products and even trimmings from shaving can clog a drain.
6. Clogged floor drain
A basement floor drain is a safety feature of your home. But if you route a dehumidifier drain hose or washing machine drain hose to your floor drain, make sure you have a drain basket in place. Since the drain is open, dust from the basement also gets washed away. If you have a woodworking area in the basement, fine particles of sawdust can settle in the drain and cause a clog.
7. Food grease
When you fry bacon or make a batch of fried chicken, how do you dispose of the used oil or liquid fat? If you pour it down the kitchen drain, you're asking for trouble. As the fat cools, it turns into a solid and quickly clogs your drain. Instead, pour fats over a bowl filled with paper towels, let it cool and then dispose of the soaked paper towels in the garbage. Sure a little butter or bacon fat left on dishes that you're washing won't hurt, but pouring liquid fat into the drain is a no-no.
8. Coffee grounds
Old, used coffee grounds take on a rancid odor. That's why it seems so handy to rinse them down the kitchen drain. But, coffee grounds are known for their pipe-clogging abilities. Instead, toss the grounds in the garbage, save them to fertilize potted plants, add them to a compost pile or use them in the garden. Coffee grounds don't belong in any plumbing pipes.
Tired of trying to plunge, snake or dissolve a clog? Give a professional plumber in the Atlanta area a call to solve your plumbing pipe problems.
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