No Boiling Water | Billy the Sunshine Plumber

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No Boiling Water | Billy the Sunshine Plumber

Don’t use boiling water to help unclog your pipes. It could damage them or your toilet.

You’re headed to Seminole Waterfront Park this morning to launch your kayak and spend a few hours getting your head cleared. One of the things you don’t want to think about is your bathroom sink, which has a recurring clog and, at the best of times, seems to drain slowly. You’ve been seeing helpful hints on Facebook and other social media about dumping boiling water down your drain as an environmentally friendly way to get rid of clogs. You’re considering trying it.

You’re not the only one who has wondered about that. Snopes, the fact-checking experts, also wondered and came up with this result: “While it’s probably okay to dump boiling water in the sink when your pipes are clear, a clog will trap the water in the pipe. This can melt PVC piping and pipe seals, causing serious damage.

“In addition, using boiling water to clear a clogged toilet can melt the wax ring around the toilet, or even crack the porcelain bowl, leading to a pricey trip to your favorite hardware store.”

Your better bet is to use a plunger to help get rid of clogs. If you have a recurring clog or a chronically slow drain, that might mean your clog is farther down in your system. That means you’ll need help from an expert like the Tampa Bay plumbing pros at Billy the Sunshine Plumber.

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