Avoiding Toilet Clogs | Billy the Sunshine Plumber

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Avoiding Toilet Clogs | Billy the Sunshine Plumber

You can avoid toilet clogs by making sure you don’t flush anything other than toilet paper and human waste.

Now that Christmas has come and gone, you’re looking ahead to New Year’s Eve. You’re thinking about inviting a bunch of friends over for some partying. At midnight, you can go outside and watch the fireworks from the comfort of your own yard. There’s just one thing that has you concerned – your toilet.

Recently, it’s started taking several flushes to clear the bowl and you don’t want anything to clog or backup when company is in the house.

You’re right to be concerned about possible blockages. One possible reason for needing multiple flushes is a clog or other blockage forming in your toilet or plumbing. That’s especially possible if you’ve been flushing anything other than toilet paper, pee or poo down your toilet. One major culprit is wipes, which are labeled “flushable,” but are not flushable.

Minnesota’s Pollution Control Agency explains:

Disposable wipes — used for changing diapers, personal hygiene, housecleaning, and more — cause major problems when flushed down toilets. Because they don’t break down the way toilet paper does, these wipes clog homeowner and municipal sewer pipes, put stress on community wastewater collection and treatment equipment, and cause cities to spend thousands on premature equipment repair and replacement. Wipes snag on any imperfection in sewer pipes, catch passing debris and grease, and create a ‘ball’ that will grow to plug the pipe. They also get drawn into sewer-line and wastewater treatment plant pumps and clog and damage them. Municipalities must manually clear out pumps or remove clogs.

Although many brands of disposable wipes are labeled ‘flushable,’ don’t flush them! The clogs and backups they cause may result in expensive plumbing bills for your home, or increased wastewater fees from your city.

Of course, things happen and so do clogs. If you do get a clog or plumbing blockage you can’t fix by yourself, it’s time to call the trusted 24-hour Tampa Bay plumbers at Billy the Sunshine Plumber.

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