R & S Mechanical is frequently called upon to do
drain cleaning in Raleigh and the surrounding region. Our plumbers see all sorts of objects
stuff down or built-up in drains to the point that it causes a serious
clog. Many things you wouldn’t believe, but many more are so common,
you may have dumped them down a drain in your own home, not knowing the
trouble it can cause you later.
To help avoid future clogs, review this list of 10 things we frequently
find when cleaning drains, and then don’t put them down there:
Bath bombs: The latest craze to create a relaxing bath – the bath bomb –
might help you find peace of mind now, but it can be the source of your
frustrations later if it clogs your tub’s drain. Some of these products
do not dissolve as thoroughly as you might think, and end up forming big
clumps deep in the pipework. Consider getting a fine strainer to place
over your drain whenever it is time to bomb your bathtub with fragrances
Cigarette butts: You should never flick away a lit cigarette, but you should also not stuff
it down the drain to extinguish it. If you routinely smoke in the kitchen
or bathroom, put an ashtray in there to stop the habit of dropping butts down the
Coffee grinds: Tossing out coffee grinds into a trashcan across the kitchen can be an
understandable inconvenience. However, do not get tempted to just stuff
these down the drain. We have seen many strong garbage disposals rendered
useless and clogged due to the coffee residue of 1,000 mornings.
Grease: The same needs to be said about grease from cooking food stovetop. This
is probably the most common of all clog sources in the kitchen. Do
not pour any grease down the sink. Many people choose to store it in a sealable
and disposable tin can in the fridge, and throw that out in a plastic
bag when full.
Hair: It goes without saying that bathroom sinks can and do get clogged with
hair. Even people with just a little thin hair experience hair clogs as
time goes on and more builds up. We do not recommend dumping a dissolving
product down the drain to try to eliminate the hair, though. Not only
does this often not work, but it can actually be harmful to the pipes,
especially if it gets caught in a joint.
Hygiene products: From feminine hygiene products to baby wipes, all sorts of things that
help us stay hygienic can end up making a huge mess if it clogs a sink.
Products that fit this category
must be thrown out in a trashcan – not a
Leftovers: Who knew it, but your garbage disposal can fall victim to the food it is
meant to grind up and annihilate. In particular, we see a lot of pasta,
eggshells, and bones clogging up kitchen sinks. Put any leftovers of significant
portion in the garbage, not your sink, just to be safe.
Paper towels: Toilet paper might be similar to paper towels in concept – a disposal
sheet of paper to help keep things clean – but they need totally
different disposal methods. Dropping just a sheet of a tough paper towel
into a toilet and flushing can be enough to trigger a clog.
Plastic packaging: Plenty of foods you prepare at home probably come in plastic packaging.
Do not cut this open over the sink, where scraps of plastic can fall in
and create a build-up later.
Toys: No list of clogs would be complete without mentioning toys. Children all
around the world seem to be fascinated with a drain’s ability to
make something disappear, especially toilets. Take steps to ensure your
children cannot access sinks, toilets, and tubs when you are not around
to lessen the chances of a superhero toy causing a super clog.
Do you require the services of a plumber in Raleigh for a clog of your own?
Contact R & S Mechanical for all the help you need. We can tackle any sized
clog for both residences and commercial properties. We also offer “Super
Fast” emergency drain clearing service around the clock –
that means 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year! Be sure
to also ask about our
$99 Drain Clearing Special.