Resident behavior isn’t always responsible for drain clogs. Yet, sometimes, inappropriate drain use or inadequate maintenance is the reason a drain has become clogged. When our plumbing company goes out to repair these kinds of clogs, we usually find out the people in the household didn’t know their behavior would block the drain.
We wanted to take this opportunity to educate our customers and the rest of the Carrollton community. Based on our experience, here are the top reasons drains become clogged.
The Toilet Serves as a Trash Can
No one wants the inconvenience of a clogged toilet. However, people regularly invite this inconvenience by flushing items they shouldn’t. A toilet is only designed to flush water, waste, and toilet paper. Many clogs come from flushing items such as cat litter, feminine hygiene products, facial tissues, and paper towels. And since those so-called flushable wipes don’t break down quickly like toilet paper, those wipes clog toilets too.
Grease Isn’t Disposed of Properly
Fat, oils, and grease (FOG) are usually the culprit when the kitchen sink is slow to drain. Many homeowners wrongly believe it’s okay to pour grease down the drain as long as they run hot water afterward. The truth is FOG solidifies in drains. Running hot water doesn’t clear FOG from the drain. It’s best to discard grease in a sealed container with the trash.
The Tub Drain Doesn’t Have a Screen
It’s easy to find bathtub and shower screens at big box retailers and home improvement stores for less than 10 dollars. That makes it difficult to understand why more homeowners don’t put a screen over their tub drains. Bathtub and shower screens prevent hair from clogging drains. These screens are also known as hair catchers, shower drain covers, or shower strainers.
Hopefully, this information will help you prevent clogs in your Carrollton area home. If your home has a drain that’s slow or blocked, contact us.