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Avoid Residential Plumbing Repairs By Not Flushing These Items Part 2

January 19, 2017

A common occurrence 24-hour plumbers face is the call for emergency plumbing repairs for a home that has been in the habit of flushing the wrong objects down the toilet. While not an immediate disaster, those unwelcome items can add up until a full scale plumbing failure occurs. When this happens, the financial and emotional prices can be very costly. AEMS has been providing plumbing services for New Jersey since 1979, and trust us, we’ve seen it all! While our licensed plumbers are experienced in repairs and maintenance, it is important to note that we do not clean the main sewer line in your home. However, improper toilet use can be detrimental to all parts of your home’s plumbing, and AEMS wants residents to get the most satisfaction out of their plumbing!

Today, we’ll look at a few more items that should not travelling through your home’s plumbing. Responsible toilet operations can help to extend the lifespan of your plumbing and save you money in the long run!

  • Cotton products. This category includes cotton balls and swabs and can become an adhesive mess when introduced to the water running through your sewer lines. Moisture and cotton can combine to create a mess of clogging materials, combining with other objects to create formidable blockages. Sending your cotton products to the trash instead of the can will prove very useful down the road!
  • Kitty litter. Your cat’s version of the toilet can be very damaging to your home’s plumbing. Typically, residents will move the dirty litter straight from cat box to toilet. It makes sense, considering that your porcelain was designed for this job, regardless of the species utilizing it. This, however, is not the case. The sand and clay that is enclosed in your feline’s litter can wreak utmost havoc on your home’s sewer lines. An additional problem with the flushing method is that introduces a host of chemicals and bacteria to your city’s water system. While flushing seems like an easy answer for smelly litter, the fish, environment, and your home’s plumbing would prefer that you didn’t!
  • Medications. Although not a major contributor to plumbing failure, the act of flushing medicine down the toilet can be terrible for the environment. Disposing of unwanted medications via the porcelain express may seem like a wise move, where the dangers are flushed far away from kids and pets. However, the impact on the water supply and the fish population makes for a dangerous combination.
  • Band-aids. These little adhesive medical tools are great for cuts and scrapes but terrible for your sewer lines. The plastic composition of band-aids are what make them terrible visitors to any plumbing. In conjunction with other materials, these first aid devices can work in concert to fully block sewer lines, causing the worst type of plumbing damages. An additional concern is the environmental impact that band-aids can have. Save two birds by throwing this stone in the trash.

Proper flushing practices are vital for promoting a long lifespan for your toilet and the attached pipes. Being responsible is our top bit of advice in this blog. If you’re in need of non-main sewer line plumbing services in New Jersey, AEMS can help. Our plumbing repair services and maintenance options make being a responsible homeowner easy and stress-free. With almost 40 years in business, we’re confident that our top-notch technicians will have the solutions for your home’s woes.

AEMS was founded with an intense focus on customer satisfaction. In fact, we’re so confident that we can meet your high standards that we offer a 48 hour window in which to resolve any issues with our services, or you get your money back. Contact us today to see how we can help you!

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Physical Address: 395 Main Street, Tennent, NJ 07763
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 128, Englishtown, NJ 07726
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