While plumbers can solve a variety of plumbing issues, many of them are contacted to unclog sink, bathtub or toilet drains. Here are 9 common or surprising things that plumbers often find when they unclog drains.
1. Toilet paper
Of course, toilet paper is meant to be flushed down the toilet, but if you use too much of it, or if your kids are playing with it, it can end up clogging your toilet drain. Similarly, flushing sanitary napkins and tampons is simply not a good idea, as they will easily clog drains. You should always dispose of them in a garbage can instead.
It’s rather easy to keep hair from clogging the drain of your sink and bathtub: purchase and install a screen or a drain gate, and the problem should be solved.
3. Baby wipes
Baby wipes, even those that claim to be flushable, should never be flushed down the toilet. They often don’t break down properly and end up clogging drains.
4. Cooking grease
You should never dispose of cooking grease by pouring it down the drain. It will stick stick to the inside of the pipes, and clog them. The same thing applies to butter, salad dressings and mayonnaise. In addition, mixing flour with water will create some sort of glue that can be used for crafts. Think twice before disposing of any quantity of flour in your sink!
5. Coffee grounds
Disposing of coffee grounds in a sink can be dangerous, as the grounds will build up and eventually block the drain. Throw them in a garbage can or add them to a compost pile.
Even though paint is liquid, paint leftovers should not be thrown in a sink because they can clog drains, not to mention the fact that they will pollute the environment.
Unfortunately, many kids lose their toys in a flushing toilet while playing with it, which can of course seriously clog drains.
8. Cell phones
Older kids and adults can drop their toys down the toilet as well. More and more plumbers are being called to rescue cell phones that have fallen down a toilet drain.
Jewelry can easily get knocked down a countertop and into a toilet or a sink. Depending on the size of the lost jewels, they can block the drain. At least, their owners can get them back by calling a plumber.