We Are Here & Ready to Help

Common Materials That Create Clogs

Common Materials That Create Clogs
October 11, 2019

Common Materials That Create Clogs

Clogs and sewer line backups are a frequent occurrence for homeowners. While there are some circumstances when a severe blockage is caused by root growth or another rare issue, most clogs are entirely preventable. In many cases, large clogs are formed slowly overtime, by the accumulation of materials that shouldn’t be inside your pipes. At Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Atlanta, Georgia, we offer professional plumbing services for local home and business owners. We enjoy helping our residential and commercial clients improve the effectiveness of their plumbing system, and we want to help you do the same. Here are just a few of the materials that property owners should avoid putting down the drains. 

Fats and Oils

While a small amount of olive oil going down the drain isn’t going to cause a massive issue, regularly dumping fats, grease and oily substances into your garbage disposal can eventually lead to clogs. This is particularly true when it comes to oils that harden at room temperature, such as bacon grease or coconut oil. 

Coffee Grounds

Some people dump their coffee grounds into their garbage disposal, as if it will disintegrate at the flip of a switch. Unfortunately, this isn’t true. The small granules tend to clump when exposed to water, and they will try to bind with any debris that already exists on the walls of your pipes. Instead, always put your grounds into the garbage or compost them for your garden. 

Hair

Humans lose an average of 50 to 100 strands of hair per day. Many of these strands will inevitably be shaken loose in the shower or bath. When you multiply that by the number of people in your household, it can add up fast. Hair can quickly clog drain line. If the clog is severe enough, it can even create backups in a nearby toilet or bathroom sink. Avoid the mess altogether by placing a strainer over your drain every time you wash your hair. 

Baby Wipes and Feminine Care Products

It’s important to keep in mind that toilet paper is the only item that should be flushed down your drain, aside from the wastewater itself. Unfortunately, there are a lot of homeowners who ignore this well-known rule. Baby wipes and feminine care products need to be discarded separately. Always keep a covered waste basket nearby, so that family members and guests feel comfortable disposing of their items discreetly. 

Need a Professional Clog Removal? Call Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Atlanta

Are you struggling with a severe clog or sewer line backup? Then there’s no reason to wait a moment longer. Call the experts at Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Atlanta, and we’ll send someone to the rescue right away. Our certified, licensed and insured plumbers offer a variety of services for property owners in Atlanta, Suwanee, Sandy Springs, Alpharetta, Marietta, College Park, Stone Mountain, Buckhead, Decatur, Duluth, Georgia and other surrounding metro area communities. Contact our office to learn more about our offerings, or to schedule an appointment that works best with your busy schedule. Are you in the middle of a plumbing catastrophe? We also offer 24 hour emergency plumbing services in Atlanta area neighborhoods.