Across the nation, and the world, everyone is focused on the Coronavirus and how to avoid contamination. Sadly, the concern and fear have led to a shortage of toilet paper, a fundamental staple for most of us. Store after store has no TP in stock. And retail giants like Amazon are also out of this necessity. But creativity is a part of humans. Somewhere deep in our DNA, we all carry an innate ability to find a way to get by. And in this case, we are learning that many paper products can meet our needs when there is no toilet paper to be found. But the unfortunate part of this ingenuity is that many of us have been flushing these substitutes with little thought to our home’s sewer lines.
Sewer Line Clogs At A Record-Setting Pace
Toilet paper, while quite flimsy in comparison to many paper products, was explicitly designed to break down in water. This lack of long-term durability is what makes it the perfect candidate to be flushed by the handful. It disintegrates and flows out of your home’s sewer lines without incident. And in that aspect, TP is a very unique product. All other paper products that you might elect to use will not break down when flushed. Instead, paper towels, napkins, baby wipes, and disinfectant wipes all remain a large mass, as they are forced through your sewer lines. And at some point, these clods of paper begin to create a blockage in the pipe.
Signs Of An Issue
If you have discovered that your sink, tub, or shower drain is clearing more slowly than usual, you should call the pros at Gordon AC & Plumbing to schedule a professional drain cleaning. In other cases, it could be a toilet that is not flushing completely or correctly that tips you off to a clog in your sewer line. Either way, a fast call to (318) 202-9144 is the only way to eliminate that clog before it becomes a complete blockage. Then you will find yourself with sewage beginning to back up into your home.
Be Proactive- It’s The Smart Choice
If you have been one of the creative folks who have been using a toilet paper substitute and flushing it, it is only a matter of time before you experience an issue. Sewer line clogs are not easy to deal with in a perfect world. And today’s conditions are anything but perfect. A sewage backup requires a massive amount of cleanup to disinfect the area. And with cleaning products flying off of grocery shelves almost as quickly as TP, it could be a challenge to eliminate the contamination and health risk. Don’t take a chance. Call in our team for a professional drain cleaning to guarantee that you will not be dealing with a sewage flood in your home.
How It Works
Professional drain cleaning is not about using strong chemicals or a massive plumbing snake to clear a nasty clog. Our process uses nothing but pure water at very high pressure. A special piece of equipment is used to turn clear water into a powerful jet that destroys clogs and washes away sticky residue inside your drains without ever damaging your pipes. Not only is this far safer than pouring chemicals into a plastic or metal drain, but it is also a much more environmentally friendly solution to a tough clog.
From coast to coast, plumbers are seeing a substantial increase in the number of calls for help with a clogged sewer line. And while we are able to blast these paper clods out of your home’s sewer pipes, the mass is then moving into the city sewer main and creating even more issues. Wastewater treatment plants are reporting an increase in clogs due to foreign paper products. These clogs are causing overflows that are contaminating lakes, rivers, and the ocean.
While there is a need to use TP substitutes currently, consumers must be vigilant about the proper disposal of these paper products in a trash receptacle. Flushing paper towels, napkins, and wipes is not an option. And if you were unaware of this fact, a call to (318) 202-9144 is the only way to guarantee that you will not be facing a sewer line clog and sewage backup in your home.