HOW DO CLOGS FORM:
- Low-flow toilets.
- Rough Pipes
- Too much toilet paper
- Toilet paper that doesn’t dissolve well
HOW TO PREVENT CLOGS:
Limiting the amount of paper will be enough to prevent clogs. However, if it isn’t, you’ll need to contact a plumber. A professional will be able to help you decide if your toilet and pipes are doing their jobs correctly and can repair or clean them if they aren’t working.
Most brands of toilet paper, even ones that are of lesser quality, generally dissolve within 24 hours of being flushed. However, wet wipes don’t work that way. In many instances, wet wipes have been found to be almost indestructible once flushed. Many wet wipes can stay fully intact within pipes and drains for weeks or even months, which usually leads to very large clogs forming due to the constant buildup of wipes being flushed
DAMAGE TO THE SEWER SYSTEMS:
If the wet wipes reach the main sewer system, it can cause damage to city sewer systems or home septic systems. The reason for this is that instead of the wet wipes causing a clog in the drain lines, it can create a blockage in the sewer system.
Flushing wipes down the toilet is one of the worst things they can do to their home’s plumbing. This is because when the septic tank gets clogged, it will backup into the home, spilling sewage into the bathroom and creating a mess that smells terrible and costs hundreds or thousands of dollars to clean up.
To make sure this does not happen in your pipes, we recommend disposing of wipes in a trash can. If you find yourself beginning to have problems with your plumbing, they may be due to having a clog of wet wipes in your pipes. Whether it’s a “softball clog” or a “fatberg,” it will need the expertise of a plumber to correct the problem.
Rather than letting this happen in your home and cause you tremendous levels of inconvenience, schedule an appointment with our office as soon as possible at 619-245-4745.