Last updated 9 days ago
Dental floss, chewing gum, cigarette butts, and coffee grounds can all cause major sewage problems if flushed down the toilet or sink drain in a home. While it is important to avoid disposing of these plumbing clogging objects incorrectly, there is a more damaging material that may not even be on your radar. “Flushable” personal wipes and baby wipes have become a major source of sewer line clogging and pump malfunction in Sacramento and other parts of the country, primarily because consumers are led falsely to believe that disposing of them via toilet flush is acceptable.
Federally approved products marketed as “flushable” undergo tests, but these tests are not that applicable to the real world. A single wipe that is agitated enough in a simulated flush environment to be classified as “flushable” will not necessarily break down when flushed down a toilet. Only thin, biodegradable toilet paper and human waste are the
Differences in Plumbing Infrastructure
Further complicating the matter of how flushable personal wipes are is the fact that plumbing systems, reflecting the various periods of modernity in which they were constructed or last overhauled, vary considerably in their capabilities. Some plumbing networks may be able to cope with flushable wipes, but certainly not all plumbing infrastructure can. When you are unsure about what your plumbing can handle, it is best to err on the side of caution and not flush anything down the toilet that you have not already been flushing for years.
How to Dispose of “Flushable” Wipes
Instead of flushing them down the toilet, deposit used personal wipes in a closed trash can that you store next to the toilet. Keep your bathroom sanitary by emptying this trash can every few days or whenever it starts to smell.
For 40 years, Rapid Rooter has been providing home and business owners throughout the Sacramento area with quick, reliable plumbing service. If you experience a plumbing clog or sewage backup, we can unclog your drains and clear out your pipes in an efficient and thorough manner. To schedule a plumbing service visit on your property, call (916) 248-8783.
Last updated 13 days ago
Take a look inside the process of trenchless sewer repair. Performed by our very own Rapid Rooter Team!
Last updated 13 days ago
Conducting research on caring for and maintaining your septic tank is essential if you aim to maximize the functional life of your septic tank while keeping the need for and cost of repairs to a minimum. When you search for advice or get a brief rundown from your plumber, you are sure to see or hear a lot about what can and what should not be introduced to your septic tank. A less frequently discussed problem that should also be on your radar is the effect that heavy rain can have on your septic system.
Heavy or persistent rain saturates the soil on your property, including that in and around your drainfield. When this soil is already saturated, your septic tank cannot push wastewater through to the drainfield for further treatment as it does under normal weather circumstances. Depending on how severe the weather is and how full your septic tank is, rainwater may even cause backup in your home. This problem can be easily avoided by ensuring that your septic tank never gets hazardously full. To schedule a septic system inspection or tank pumping with an experienced and reputable plumbing professional in Sacramento, call Rapid Rooter at (916) 248-8783.
Last updated 27 days ago
A reliable source of hot water is something every Sacramento homeowner wants in his or her home. If your own water heater has been on the fritz lately and you are looking to replace it, check out this video clip for information that could help you decide between a tankless water heater and a traditional tank heater.
In it, an HVAC and plumbing expert provides an overview of how tankless water heaters work. Since they do not turn on or consumer energy except for when a hot water tap, dishwasher, or washing machine signals a need for hot water, tankless water heaters provide on-demand delivery. This is both convenient and energy-efficient. To learn more about the benefits of using a tankless water heater or arrange to have a trained and experienced plumber install a new water heater in your Sacramento home, call Rapid Rooter at (916) 248-8783.
Last updated 1 month ago
When your bathroom is experiencing a hidden plumbing leak, your home could experience serious damage before you are even aware of the issue. Plumbing leaks can sometimes be difficult to notice until they have transformed into serious plumbing emergencies. To keep your home and plumbing in great condition, it is important to be on the lookout for the signs and symptoms of a hidden plumbing leak. Here are some situations that could indicate a hidden leak in your plumbing.
Mold and Mildew
While mold and mildew naturally form in the bathroom area, excessive grimy buildup could indicate that your plumbing has sprung a hidden leak. When a leak is present in a plumbing system, the area around the leak will remain continually moist. This creates the perfect environment for mold and mildew to grow. If you are having trouble removing mold from your bathroom, you may have a hidden leak.
The paint on your bathroom walls is highly susceptible to damage from excessive water or moisture. If you have noticed that the paint on your walls is blistering or peeling, this could be an indication that your plumbing is leaking somewhere behind the surface. You may also notice unsightly stains on your walls, floors, or ceiling.
Your floor can also become damaged by a hidden water leak. When your plumbing is leaking, water can cause your floor to crack or buckle. If you have a tile floor, you may notice that some of the tiles are loose or broken. Woods floors may buckle or become unstable.
For help diagnosing and repairing your hidden plumbing leak, contact Rapid Rooter of Sacramento. Our master plumbers can provide you with a full range of services, including leak repairs, drain clearing, and more. Call our Sacramento location at (916) 248-8783 to schedule a plumbing service appointment for your home today.