Really Big Clogs | Billy the Sunshine Plumber

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Really Big Clogs | Billy the Sunshine Plumber

When you have a persistent clog in your plumbing system, it’s time to call Billy the Sunshine Plumber for help.

Sometimes it feels as if your plumbing system just wants to cause you problems. It seems to clog at the drop of a hat. And it certainly clogs at the worst times – when you’re having company or trying to get ready to go someplace like First Friday.

It might surprise you to know you’re not the only one with that problem. Pinellas County also suffers from clogs in its sewer system. And we’re talking REALLY BIG CLOGS because they’re caused by all the stuff that all the homes and businesses flush into the county’s system. According to the county, much of the problem is caused by folks flushing things that aren’t “flushable,” even if the package says it is “flushable.”

“There are a handful of products out there that claim they are ‘flushable’ and that’s because they can physically be flushed down a standard toilet, but there’s more to the story,” Pinellas County extension service officials explain. “Let’s take personal wipes or baby wipes for example. We use them (just as we would toilet paper), we throw them in the toilet, and we flush them away. Great! It’s true! They are flushable! And it is great, unless your home plumbing has any limitations (i.e. root intrusion, grease, etc.) or you’re the wastewater system employee on the receiving end of those wipes.”

Pinellas officials add, “In the wastewater world, products that are ‘flushable,’ but do not break down like toilet paper are called ‘non-dispersibles’ because they don’t disperse or dissolve quickly in water. The problem? Non-dispersibles can clog pipes and pumps. This can cause sewer overflows or equipment failure which can be quite costly to us as rate payers when utility employees have to spend a significant amount of time cleaning up sewer overflows, removing these items, and a significant amount of money to repair broken equipment that is not designed to handle these products.”

No problem, you might say. The county has a lot of money and employees who are paid to handle such things.

Well, yes, but, as Pinellas explains, it does cost you – the consumer in higher rates: “Remember, we collectively own the wastewater system, and we all share the cost to maintain it, so we should all do our part to keep wastewater collection systems and treatment plants running as smoothly as possible.”

Flushing non-dispersibles can also cost you if they don’t make it all the way to the county system. The county explains: “You can save yourself from plumbing costs too because if clogs occur on your end of the pipe, correction costs would be on you to hire a plumber to unclog and repair and issues.”

But if you do flush too many things that shouldn’t be flushed and you end up with a clog, then call the drain-cleaning pros at Billy the Sunshine Plumber. Billy Sunshine has been the trusted go-to plumber in Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties since 1924. That’s a lot of drain cleaning experience.

Billy the Sunshine Plumber is available 24/7/365 so you can got to First Friday and call him when you get back. Billy is always here for you. Call Billy today.

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