Welcome back! Today we are going to be addressing an issue we all face from time to time: clogs. Our sinks can be testy from time to time and back up. We’ll be addressing what causes these clogs in our sinks and how to prevent them.
Here are some of the usual suspects:
Number 1: (as if there is any doubt) Hair.
Be it from man or woman, hair seems to be the number one offender. Men’s first instinct to is to shave over a sink and wash it down, but a lot of these short, coarse hairs get stuck in the scum lining our pipes and becoming a bigger issue. Same thing with women and the long strands of hair we’ve all seen pulled out when things get, for lack of a better word, hairy. It might not be as convenient, but it might be a good idea to practice an alternative method of disposal for our hair waste.
Number 2: Toothpaste and Gels.
This one isn’t as obvious but toothpaste/gels/just about any thick substance can build up in our pipes over time creating perfect traps for hair and other cleaning products. Making for a perfect formula for clogs. The pipes can usually handle it, but people tend to not keep the water open long enough to wash the substance through the pipe resulting in it lingering not too far from the sink surface.
Number 3: Make up.
Ladies, this is one we know all too well. Make up. If it falls on the sink, scoop it up with some toilet paper and put it in the trash.
Number 4: Soap scum.
This one is pretty self explanatory and fairly simple to resolve. As with toothpaste, rinse the sink or tub thoroughly allowing for the water to wash everything away. Nowadays we are always in a rush and tend to not have the extra seconds to do this.
Freebie Tip: Drain cleaners.
Now, our first instinct is to use things like generic drain cleaners. We suggest against these, especially with plastic pipes. The chemicals used in drain cleaners can cause damage on plastic pipes by creating heat. Overtime these drain cleaners can be the cause of leaks and they can also cause damage to our septic tanks. In addition, drain cleaners are terrible for the environment.
We hope this helps you to identify those pesky clog offenders. If the problem gets really bad, don’t hesitate to call us here at Metro-Flow Plumbing and we’ll take care of business.
Have an incredible day Dallas and we hope to see you next month!
If you find yourself face-to-face with a plumbing problem, please call us at: 214-328-7371. One of our certified plumbing technicians is ready to assist you 24/7.