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Plumbing problems can be very disruptive to your life, and a clogged drain is no exception. Drain problems can limit your ability to cook, clean, or shower, leaving you to figure out how to fix the problem or make due until it clears.

Get your problem solved with Matt Mertz Plumbing, Inc. We’re the Pittsburgh plumbers who can handle drain cleaning, clog elimination, and a host of other pipe-related problems.

Contact our Pittsburgh drain cleaners at (412) 365-4263 now for a free service quote. We also service Allegheny County and the surrounding areas.

Causes of Clogged Drains

Drain clogs are generally caused by either a slow buildup of grease or scum, or the presence of an object that isn’t supposed to be there. That object may have been washed down the drain by accident or may result from intentionally rinsing down substances that aren’t good for your pipes.

You should never purposefully wash anything down your drains that won't dissolve in water, including:

  • Hair
  • Food scraps
  • Cooking oil or grease
  • Coffee grounds
  • Eggshells
  • Starchy food remnants
  • Cat litter

But even if you’re very good about keeping your drains clear, a buildup of soap scum, small amounts of grease, and hair can still result in a clog or slow drain. You could resort to a commercial chemical cleaner, but we advise you get trained eyes on the problem to make sure it’s done right.

Do Liquid Drain Cleaners Damage Pipes?

Many homeowners turn to drain cleaners like Draino or Liquid-Plumr for quick fixes when their drains are clogged. However, this instant solution might cause further problems in the future. That’s because liquid drain cleaners can damage your pipes. The main ingredient in these products is hydrochloric acid, which can erode pipes and chew off the enamel leading to leaks and pipe bursts.

How Can I Prevent Toilet Clogs?

The best way to clear out a clog is to prevent it from happening in the first place. Some easy things you can do to keep your toilet clear include:

  • Only flush toilet paper. Just because a product advertises itself as safe to flush doesn't mean that it's truly safe to flush.
  • Limit the amount of toilet paper you flush at any one time. While toilet paper is designed to dissolve in water, it won't disappear immediately. If you need to use a lot of toilet paper, make sure to flush multiple times to prevent a clog.
  • Keep the toilet lid closed between uses. This will prevent small objects like a comb, toothbrush, retainer, etc. from falling in. This is especially important if you have an animal that likes to knock objects off counter tops.
  • Check the main sewer line for roots. If you follow all these steps and still deal with clogs on a regular basis, there's a chance that roots are growing into your main sewer line.

How can I prevent clogged drains?

Do not rinse fats or cooking oils down the kitchen sink. Liquid fats solidify in the cold pipes and create clogs. To help prevent clogs, fit all of your tubs and shower drains with a strainer that catches hair and soap chips and clean the strainer regularly.

The Matt Mertz Plumbing, Inc. Difference

Most plumbers can fix a clogged drain, but not every plumber prioritizes communication and courtesy. We do. At Matt Mertz Plumbing, Inc., we work with your schedule, show up on time, listen to your concerns, and make sure you understand the process. We’re focused both on fixing the problem at hand and on preventing problems in the future—that way, you’re less likely to face a plumbing emergency down the road. Contact us today to learn more about our Pittsburgh drain cleaning services!

For exceptional service, call Matt Mertz Plumbing, Inc., the Pittsburgh plumbers who can handle any drain job, big or small. Reach us at (412) 365-4263.

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