One Call Plumbing Blog: Archive for the ‘Bathroom’ Category
On a list of the most annoying things in life, a clogged shower drain ranks somewhere between getting stuck in traffic and your neighbor playing their music too loud. But the one good thing is that it’s a nuisance you can actually do something about.
Read on to learn how you can resolve most shower clogs on your own with a classic plumbing tool – the plunger.
What causes shower clogs?
The real question should be, what DOESN’T cause shower clogs? Think about how much soap, shampoo, hair, body oils, dirt, and other gunk goes down the drain while bathing, and it’s not surprising that they can get stuck together. The majority of clogs occur in the trap, which is a curved part of the pipe right below the drain.
The blockage can start off small – and you may notice the drain is flowing slower than normal. But eventually, it will build until there’s a complete clog and no water movement. Not only does this …
With toilet paper becoming a hard-to-find commodity over the past few months, we’ve seen plenty of jokes about having to use other items to do one’s business. In reality though, plumbing problems are no laughing matter. Any time you flush a product other than toilet paper, you risk causing a clog.
That leads us to a hot debate – what about “flushable” wipes? You may notice that we put that word in quotes, which could give you an idea of where we stand.
How toilet paper works differently than wipes
Standard toilet paper is specifically designed to dissolve in water. This prevents TP from creating a blockage in your plumbing, as well as when it reaches your sewer or septic system. Not all toilet paper is created equal, however. Products with multiple-ply counts or lotions will break down a bit slower than your run-of-the-mill single-ply varieties – but they still do the job.
On the other hand, the majority of adult or baby wipes do not break down quickly enough to be safe for plumbing systems. One clue is that these products are pre-moistened, so they obviously are able to maintain strength …