Along with providing excellence in service, your premier Reno commercial plumbing services company is dedicated to keeping you informed with these valuable blogs for business and homeowners alike. Today, we will bring our focus to the subject of clogs. More specifically, how exactly do common foods lead to these major plumbing problems.
Food Clog? Enter the Emergency Plumber
There is a direct connection between emergency plumbing calls and food: the clogging of pipes. Most are aware of the general concept of food materials’ potential to clog drains. It happens all the time. Food jams the pipe, then the plumbers have to come resolve the issue.
But did you know that simply unclogging the pipes is not always so simply done? In some cases, long lengths of drain pipe can become narrowed and fittings can be destroyed through attempts at unclogging. The need to open walls, floors, and ceilings and perform major plumbing operations can then ensue. There are too many reasons to be mindful of this subject.
Grease from Meats
One of the most common food culprits resulting in the need for commercial plumbing services is grease. Sometimes it simply enters the drain little by little via foods and washing. Other times, it is profoundly introduced via meats, instantly congealing along the walls of your piping. Either way, grease is a major problem in drains and often a difficult one to solve as well.
Starches such as noodles and pasta are also responsible for a multitude of dispatches from commercial plumbing services. These materials typically act in one prime way to create clogging issues. The noodle materials catch in pipes and pipe fittings and act as a net, subsequently catching any other particulates passing by.
Bits and pieces of seafood shells act as barbs. When caught in a pipe, their jagged edges and randomized shape cling to pipe fittings as well as passing food. Next thing you know, your drain pipe has suffered a serious seafood traffic jam.
Many cooking applications result in a pan laden with what we could best describe as “pan drippings”. This accumulation of materials from the cooking process contains a multi-ingredient concoction of pipe-clogging capability. Pan drippings often include grease, plant and meat materials, seasonings, starches, and more. No drain is equipped to handle this.
No service plumber’s career would be complete without corn husk clogs. Whether by small bits or by large quantity, this stringy, resilient material will create a quick roadblock in even the healthiest of drain pipes. You should never put corn husks into or near the sink, for any application. Other methods of equivalent corn preparations can be performed outside the sink.
You’ve all seen the sink-bottom combination, consitsing of all the scraps and particles from cooking and dish-washing. Cutting board scraps and toddler table wipings are also equally troublesome. The results of these in drains can translate to quick clogs, or slower, gradually-building clogs deeper within the drain system. Neither of these scenarios is at all desirable.
Prevention is Key
The old saying that describes prevention as being all the more valuable than cure couldn’t be more true when it comes to food-bornplumbing problems. Changing habits and being aware are much better than trying to fix some expensive, inconvenient plumbing problem. Here, we offer are a few simple tips on the subject of prevention.
It is so easy to simply pour grease down the drain or let some food scraps get away from you. To say you have never done this would put you in the upper echelons of cooking greatness. However, luckily for all of us, it is not much more difficult to be aware and act accordingly. Simply being aware of what goes down the sink is a huge step. Talk to family and friends who use it as well.
There are many clever objects you can use in order to stop clogging contaminants from entering the drain. A common kitchen sink mesh strainer is one effective way to filter out the bad. Another idea is to collect grease and pan drippings in a container such as an old soup can. It can then be left to fully cool and later be thrown away in the trash.
Try to avoid chemical drain cleaners. As discussed at Consumer Reports. These chemicals can potentially cause even more problems. Should this be the only option however, keep in mind some of the important safety concepts and tips provided by the National Kitchen and Bath Association.
Garbage disposals are a great device for breaking down debris entering the drain system from the kitchen sink. The premise is that debris is trapped immediately in the disposal where it can be ground down to a finer, less clog-inducing material. Be sure to run ample water down the drain along with the product of the disposal’s processing.
Also remember to not overuse the disposal beyond absolute necessity. It is not a free ticket to putting anything down the drain. Especially don’t put down fibrous materials, egg shells, or greases.
We hope this blog has been helpful to you in fighting this common plumbing problem. Awareness is the first weapon you have against such issues. As always though, should you ever need help, don’t hesitate to call us, your top Reno commercial plumber. We’re here when you need us!