When your drains and sewer line are working properly, you probably don’t give them a moment’s thought. It’s only when something goes wrong that you pay attention and, even then, you may be willing to write off problems as being “minor” enough to ignore. This is one of the worst things that you can do for your plumbing system, and for your property in general. We say one of, because ignoring problems still isn’t quite as bad as contributing to them yourself.
Of course, most homeowners don’t willingly contribute to clogged drains and sewer lines in Corona, CA. No, they unwittingly do so—and you may, too. Today, we’re going to be covering some of the ways in which homeowners can promote clogged drains and sewer lines in their homes and on their properties, and what you can do to avoid such accidental self-sabotage moving forward. As always, reach out to our Sunny Plumbers with any questions that you may have.
Flushing the Wrong Items Down the Toilet
What do you flush down your toilet? Anything that says “flushable” on the packaging. Well, we hate to tell you this, but—you’ve been had. We understand that there are plenty of products out there claiming the convenience factor of being flushable, but the fact of the matter is that the list of what you should flush down your toilet is very, very short. Ready?
Waste and toilet paper. End of list. No baby wipes. No sanitary products. No kitty litter. Waste. And. Toilet paper. Trust us, those products claiming to be flushable may mean they can be flushed, but they may as well be cement by the time you’ve flushed them a few times. They build up in pipes and, we tell you from experience, they require professional intervention to remove.
Pouring the Wrong Materials Down the Sink
Again, homeowners don’t mean to clog their drains any more than they mean to back up their sewer lines. They just don’t always know the rules about what is safe to dump down the sink drain. Keep fats, oil, and grease out. Yes, even that fat, oil, and grease that is liquid in the roasting pan after the Thanksgiving turkey is done.
The issue here is that those materials don’t remain liquids indefinitely. They cool off, then they congeal. And, following that, they harden up, trap other items in the drain and sewer system, and cause major clogs. Pour them off into cans, freeze them, and throw them out, instead.
Ignoring the Signs of Trouble
If you’re waiting until your drains and sewer are backed up entirely before you go ahead and address the problem, then you are already behind the curve. Instead, act early and act fast, as soon as you start noticing potential warning signs.
Slow-moving drains, sewer odors in the house, toilets requiring multiple flushes—any and all such issues should be reported to a professional plumber as they come up. Just let us know what concerns you have.