'Fatbergs' | Clogged Pipes

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'Fatbergs' | Clogged Pipes

When you have a clogged pipe, call the drain cleaning experts at Billy the Sunshine Plumber to get things flowing again.

It’s that time of year when people are planning fun and family time – whether it’s going to one of the many holiday events in the Tampa Bay area or hanging around the house. One of the traditions this time of year centers around food – cooking and baking for family and friends.

Yes, giving away your baking and cooking or having folks over for those goodies is a nice way to celebrate the season, but it can have a downside for your sewer system. The downside comes if you dispose of grease by dumping it in your sink. That’s because the grease and oil don’t just simply disappear down the pipes, they can congeal and form blockages.

These blockages or “fatbergs” have been plaguing city sewer systems recently. For example, last year Baltimore officials announced that “a massive, concealed lump of fats, oils, grease and wet wipes was to blame for an overflow that dumped some 1.2 million gallons of sewage,” according to one news report.

The report from nypost.com goes on: “The revolting mass was discovered in a sewer main near Baltimore’s Penn Station, where it blocked an estimated 85 percent of a 24-inch-wide, 100-year-old pipe.

“’They sent a machine with a closed-circuit television camera into the sewer, and soon discovered the walls of the sewer pipe were caked with congealed fats, oils and grease (FOG),’ the agency announced Monday. ‘Unfortunately, as they were working in the pipe a backup occurred and led to a sewer overflow.’”

The first sign that you might have a clogged pipe is a slow drain. While many slow drains can be fixed with the help of a plunger, at times you need a drain cleaning expert. That’s when you need to call the drain cleaning and clogged pipe pros at Billy the Sunshine Plumber.

Billy Sunshine has been the Tampa Bay plumber of choice since he opened in 1924 – that’s almost 100 years cleaning drains and unblocking clogged pipes. Billy Sunshine is available 24/7/365 so he’s always here for you. 

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