March 24, 2014
There 3 ways toilet paper can clog your pipes...
While companies like Charmin and Cottonelle are known for promising the softest, plushest toilette paper available, what’s not commonly known is they are a growing cause for emergency plumbing services in San Diego. Sure, that quilted feeling is great on your bum, but it isn’t so great for your plumbing. Luxurious toilet paper products can clog pipes; and the thicker the paper, the more problems it can cause. San Diego homes are susceptible to a variety of plumbing issues, but when it comes to problems caused by toilet paper, there are three main culprits: flushable wipes, low-flow toilets, and cast iron pipes.
1. Flushable wipes: The New Culprit
Companies continue to develop new products to try and attract a variety of customers. One of the latest products is flushable wipes. They promote better hygiene and improved comfort; however, this comfort comes with a price. Your sewer system is built for human waste, and even though these wipes claim to be flushable, the truth is that they do not dissolve or move as fluidly as needed.
2. Low flow toilets
While low-flow toilets are better for the environment because they use significantly less water, using the wrong toilet paper with them can be bad news for your pipes. Using less water to flush causes a reduction in the water pressure that pushes waste down the pipes and this causes buildup over time. San Diego homeowners are usually more than happy to swap their expensive, luxurious paper products to go green, especially when they discover the additional savings on their water bills!
3. Cast iron pipes
Cast iron plumbing has jagged edges or spurs that develop on the inside of pipes. Those spurs and edges catch non-dissolving material like the remnants from those fancy toilet papers, causing frequent and annoying back-ups.
A tip to avoid emergency plumbing service: Test your toilet paper
Plumbing emergencies are more costly than regular maintenance and prevention, so save yourself a headache with one easy trick: test your toilet paper. Take a square or two of your current toilet paper and drop it into the toilet. If a few minutes have passed and it still looks similar or nearly identical then it may be too thick, putting your plumbing at risk. Instead of using the thick toilet paper products available today opt for a thinner, lighter option. Usually, the more cost-effective toilet paper products are friendlier to your plumbing. If you find yourself with a nasty clog regardless of your precautionary efforts, contact us. Our team of plumbing experts has the experience and equipment you need to resolve even the most stubborn of plumbing issues. Were available at standard rates from 7 am to 7 pm, 7 days a week! 24-hour emergency service is also available.