Benjamin Franklin Plumbing in Charlotte, NC unclogs drains just about every day. Some problems escalate from pouring common items down your drains. Be mindful of what not to put down the drain because you’re kitchen is not the only place where problems occur when tossing waste down your pipes.
Many people think that they can use a toilet the same way they would a garbage disposal. However, flushing away kitchen grease or motor oil could cause plumbing failures. Eventually, the pipelines could even burst, or you could experience odorous sewer backup.
You may not realize that motor oil in particular can contaminate up to 250,000 gallons of drinking water. Most municipal codes require you to take it to a recycling center for safe disposal.
In addition to grease or oil, remember what else not to put down your drain:
Learning what not to put down the drain will take time, and no one is perfect. That’s why the Charlotte, NC Ben Franklin Plumbing team makes as many house calls as we do. We will help you take care of the immediate problem and make repairs that will prevent the issue from worsening.
We also have more advice about what not to put down your drain. For instance, you might not realize that paper towels do not break down as well as bathroom tissue. Even disposable wipes you would use only once instead of the ones that last for several uses will not flush well. Avoid flushing toweling even if the manufacturer says you can.
Paint, antifreeze, battery acid or transmission and brake fluids should also never go down your drain. Likewise, any polishes or finishes used to coat furniture should never be dumped in the same place where your water travels.
Even seemingly harmless amounts of nail clippings, dropped toothpaste or shampoo spills could eventually stop a drain. Prevent this as much as possible by having stoppers or screens that will stay in place and not allow any substances other than used water down your pipes.
If you do, keep in mind this usually only works temporarily. The clog will eventually return, and the cleaners will not clear all the grease, dirt, garbage or biological matter from your pipes. Moreover, chemical drain cleaners can accelerate erosion and shorten your plumbing system lifespan.
Eventually, pressure buildup will even cause clogged pipes to burst, and many liquid cleaners will not help. The chemicals in these solutions can harden in your pipes, which defeats the purpose of using them in the first place.
If your sink or your tub repeatedly fills up with water or your toilet keeps overflowing, you probably need the power snakes, jetters, augers or cutters a licensed plumber has. Using the right equipment, your Ben Franklin professionals can usually reach deeper down your pipes than any chemical solution would.
As far as the correct way to clean drains, it depends on the situation. It usually requires applying more force than ordinary hand tools such as mechanical snakes can provide.
Please contact Ben Franklin Plumbing in Charlotte, NC to make an appointment. We also provide emergency services and will respond any time, day or night – 24/7.