A day at the beach can be fun. But the sand that clings to you all the way home can do a number on your plumbing.
You spent a day at the beach collecting shells, building sand castles and simply lying on the beach in the sun. What were the first things you did when you got home? Wash the sand off the shells then took a shower to wash the sand off you. Afterwards, you had a cold drink and a leisurely dinner.
It was a perfect day for you.
But it wasn’t a perfect day for your plumbing.
Sand “hitches a ride from the beach, the park, the neighbor’s sandbox—proof of a day of fun in the sun. But if you’re not careful, those tiny little specks of sand can do a number on your plumbing,” deltafaucet.com says. The sand itself won’t damage the pipes, but the clogs it creates can harm them,
The likelihood of the sand creating a clog depends to a large extent on the age of the plumbing. Older plumbing made of cast iron or galvanized steel are more likely ti form clogs than the newer PVC or ABS pipes with smooth interiors, if pitched correctly.
“The only way to get a clogged shower drain up and running again is to force the sand out of the pipes,” deltafaucet.com says. “You can try to clear as much of the debris as possible by using an electric snake, or drain-cleaning machine, which has a cable you feed through the pipes. But to clean the line completely, you may have to hire a plumber to use jetting, a method that uses high-pressure streams of water to remove buildup and restore pipes to their easy-flowing selves.”
Your best prevention is to clear off as much sand as possible before you even enter your home.
If you think you might have a blockage caused by sand or any other object, call the trusted plumbers at Billy the Sunshine Plumber to diagnose and fix your problem. ‘
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