Clogged drains cause stress and water damage in your home. Knowing the common causes of clogs can help you prevent them from occurring. If you do encounter a clog, leak, or other plumbing problem, call your Orange County plumber promptly for repairs.
The most common cause of tub and shower drain clogs is hair that is shed during bathing. Often the holes of your drain are big enough for hair to simply wash down the drain, where it collects together with soap and organic debris to form a clog. Brushing your hair before you bathe and placing mesh hair traps in your showers and tubs can prevent hair from entering the drain and causing a clog.
Pouring cooking fat and grease down your kitchen sink or disposal is tempting, but it’s one of the top causes of kitchen drain clogs. Although grease and fat are liquids when hot, they cool and congeal into spongy solids that block your plumbing and back up your drain. Store grease and fat waste in a sealed jar or can until full, then throw it out with the rest of your trash.
Even if you have a kitchen disposal, not all food should go into it. Food remnants such as eggshells, coffee grounds, fruit rinds, pasta, and rice can all clog your disposal and the drain of your kitchen sink. Learning to use your disposal properly will prevent clogs and other issues that require a plumber to repair.
No man-made products other than toilet paper should ever be flushed down the toilet. Dental floss, feminine products, paper towels, tissues, and bandages should always be thrown into the trash. Even items that claim to be flush-able, such as baby wipes, should be thrown away, as these can still cause toilet clogs.
Are you facing a stubborn sink or toilet clog? Call OC Plumbing for fast, effective plumbing repairs. We specialize in drain cleaning, toilet clogs, and water heater and faucet repairs. Check out our website for more great plumbing tips or for a full list of our services.