Flush whatever you want down the toilet. No really….. go ahead, see what you can fit down there. “Flushable wipes aren’t actually flushable”? That’s just big garbage talking, they hate to see their sales in plastic bags drop. Throughout this quarantine everyone seems to be following “the rules”, and “flushing responsibly”. At Family Plumbing & Heating we challenge any homeowner to try and clog their pipes. If you decide to take us up on this challenge let me tell you what to expect.
First you need to clog the drain. I’ve already mentioned flushable wipes. Along with certain feminine products, these would be the staple for household items everyone has been told not to flush but do anyways. (Ladies you know who you are) But there are other options. If you’re playing the long game your go to drain plugger should be grease. It’s gonna take some time but pour ample amounts down the drain and after a couple years you’ll have a nice semi solid clog of yester-year’s breakfast bacon. But in reality the answer is at your fingertips: paper towels, cotton balls, coffee grounds, etc. These are all items that we regularly see homeowners use when accepting the challenge.
Now that you’ve caused a clog in your sewer system, congrats! You have successfully completed stage 1 of the challenge. Now on to stage 2: clearing the blockage. At this point you’re going to contact your trusted drain cleaner. Since it’s our challenge we assume that means Family Plumbing and Heating. Prior to our arrival it’s helpful if you could move any larger pieces of furniture that may be in our way as we like to stretch before we work and, along with our tools, need an ample sized playing field. Upon our arrival we will lay down any necessary drop cloths and gear up. This is when the magic happens. You’re gonna hear the machines start up, you may hear some grunting, you may even hear an occasional explicit word but do not fret, pushing cable down old pipe comes with its own challenges. Bowed pipe, encroached tree roots, etc, can all slow down the process to a successful second stage.
There’s no better feeling (for a plumber) than the moment you realize you’ve pushed past the clog and see the water flowing again. Family Plumbing also carries an inspection camera that allows us to visually confirm a cleared drain. Clogged drains don’t mean much to us, we generally prefer to work on cleaner jobs (who doesn’t) but unclogging drains are our bread and butter. It’s unfortunate when excessive tree roots or deteriorated pipe prevents us from entering the winner’s circle. When this happens there aren’t much more options than digging up the old pipe and replacing with new. Replacing the pipe is a little bit like cheating to win the challenge but Tom Brady didn’t blink an eye during Deflate-gate so you won’t see us sweat either. Game on!