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We recently had a clogged
drain in our home that
required professional drain
cleaning. We were told
that wipes and paper were
found. Aren't these items
flushable?
A clogged drain, whether it be at the
kitchen sink or in a bathroom, is not
only an annoyance-it can lead to
serious plumbing problems down
the road. And plumbing problems,
as you've just experienced, can be
a real drain on your finances. The
good news is that in most cases,
clogs can be avoided. In addition
to answering your specific question
regarding flushable items, below
are some tips that can help avoid
a service call from your plumber as
well as a few statements regarding
the importance of proper plumbing
design and installation.
Items that should NOT be put
down the toilet. The items that
cause the most problems in toilets
are wipes, feminine products, and
thick toilet paper. While these items
may be marked " flushable " , large
volumes of any paper products can
be problematic. It would be best for
your plumbing to dispose of clean-

ing wipes in the trash can. Paper
towels should NEVER be put into
the toilet!
Items that should NOT be put down
the sink drain and/or garbage
disposal. Bones, raw meat, pasta,
and large volumes of peelings or
eggshells are not recommended.
Do not wait until the disposal is
" full " to run it. Run it often, with a
steady stream of water to flush the
debris through the pipes. Grease
or fat should not be put down your
sink drain. Grease buildup is one
of the main causes of sink clogs.
An enzyme drain cleaner is recommended as preventative maintenance, to prevent routine grease
and soap scum from building up in
your drains.
Other causes for some plumbing
to clog. Older homes were built with
simple straight 4 " plumbing runs to
the sewer or septic, which is best
for non-clogging pipes. However,
older homes may have cast iron piping which get rough over time and
can snag paper products. In large
homes, it is common to have long
runs of piping, with elbows, which
increase the possibility for clogging.
In any home, improperly sloped
drain piping whether caused by

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settling or poor design will promote
clogging.
Improper and/or unprofessional
installation. Do-It-Yourself (DIY)
projects are very popular right now,
but unless you have some plumbing
expertise, improperly run plumbing
could cause clogging, flooding, or
sewer odors in your home. Plumbing
codes are intended for your safety.
A professional has been trained
regarding proper sizing, sloping, and
venting of piping.
At Groff's, we have friendly, knowledgeable plumbing technicians
available to help you with any
aspect of your plumbing: drain
cleaning, camera scoping of drain
lines, plumbing service and repair,
bathroom updating, and piping of
your new home.
Visit us at www.groffs.com, Email
service@groffs.com or call us at
717-464-9446.

Bill Williams

Technician
Groff's Home
Comfort Team

717.464.9446
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