Clogged pipes are one of the more annoying and recurring plumbing issues. It may get to the point where you wonder how it keeps happening and what you can do to prevent it. Here are a few reasons you may have clogged pipes.
Your garbage disposal should not be treated as a dumping ground for your food waste. Certain foods should never be sent down your drain because they’re likely to cause clogs. These foods include:
- Anything oily and greasy
- Coffee grounds
- Fruit peels
- Big food chunks
Things You Shouldn’t Flush
Just because something is made out of paper, seems small enough to pass through the pipes, or claims that it’s “flushable” doesn’t mean it is. Here are things you should never flush, as they can easily lead to a clogged pipe:
- Bathroom wipes
- Paper towels
- Cat litter
- Cotton balls
- Feminine products
Additionally, using too much toilet paper can easily result in a clog.
Soap scum gets a category to itself because it’s an underrated menace for your bathroom. Bar soap, which many use in showers and baths, will leave a film behind, and this film can eventually lead to a blocked pipe.
Sometimes, a clog can be caused by something entering a pipe when it shouldn’t be there. These foreign objects can end up in the pipe due to human error or simple accidents of nature. They include:
- Flushed or dropped toys
- Dropped smartphones
- Plants, leaves, and other outdoor debris
- Trapped animals
- Invading tree roots
Getting the Clog Fixed
Luckily, most clogs are easy enough to fix. They’re also easy to prevent by paying close attention to what you’re putting down your drains and keeping up with maintenance. However, if you can’t find the source of the clog or can’t fix it on your own, contact Dr. Rohde Heating, Plumbing, & Air today.