4 Items That Can Clog or Harm Your Drains


 Hair will always make it’s way down the drain no matter how hard you try. 

Over time soap build up and hair will accumulate inside the pipe building up until the line is blocked. 

The best way to prevent hair from going down the drain is to use top drain screens or under drain screens to reduce the risk of a clog. 


Top Drain Screen

Under Drain Screen

Under Drain Screen

Flushable Cat Litter

Allot of products advertise themselves as “flushable” even when aren’t. Flushable cat litter is often labeled as an environment friendly alternative to your typical clay-based litter.

 Flushable litters are often made up of corn, wood, pine or wheat, so they’re biodegradable but does that make it safe to flush?

Flushing anything but septic-friendly toilet paper and human waste into these sensitive systems can quickly lead to clogs, system failures and contamination of the septic field.

The truth is, there isn’t any true flushable cat litter that is safe for your septic tank.

Oil, Fat & Grease

It might not seem like a big deal to pour a little liquid cooking oil, fat or grease down the drain but the truth is that it creates problems for your plumbing, sewers and the environment. 

These materials harden as they cool so as they travel down your drain, they stick to the sides of your pipes and harden. They also catch other materials on their way down, resulting in major clogs. 

When they are introduced to public sewer systems, they mix with other particles. This not only damages public infrastructure, but it can affect drinking water!

Cotton Balls & Paper Towels

Toilet paper is designed to dissolve in water which is why we are able to flush small amounts without causing a blockage. 

While cotton balls and paper towers are biodegradable, they don’t dissolve instantly. Paper towels are designed to be absorbent and they don’t break down at a much slower rate then toilet paper when they come in contact with water. Once they become wet they start to accumulate and can cause a serious blockage.  

Items that are not designed to be flushed should never be put down your drains or flushed. It may cause blockages and serve damage.

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If you are experiencing a slow or clogged drain in your home or suspect you have issues with your sewer lines or septic tank and need service or repair, call our highly skilled technicians at 855-347-1299. Top Service Plumbing Co. Inc. offer 24/7 Commercial, Residential & Emergency Plumbing Services


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