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Grooming Routines that are Destroying your Plumbing

On a daily basis, how often do you think about the status of your plumbing pipes? Like most, it might not usually be regularly — but what about your grooming routine? Believe it or not, sometimes your simple day-to-day could be damaging your pipes — but how so? Let us explain:

Cloggable Scrubs

Do you tend to exfoliate your face and/or body at least every two weeks or more? If that’s the case, then we have some good and bad news. Starting with the good news, you’ll be removing layers of dead skin cells with ease, leading to a soft complexion! However, there is some bad news: using most exfoliants will clog your drains.

The reason why this is possible is that many of these skincare mixtures use a surplus of coffee grinds to get the job done. Of course, this will make your skin glow — but the grinds won’t be able to disintegrate in your shower or sink drain, leading to a dreaded clog.

The best solution? Try to find a face/body scrub that contains natural ingredients that are not only good for your skin but are also good for your drains, too.

Non-flushable Wipes

When you remove your makeup at the end of the day, do you opt for a face wipe or a liquid makeup remover? Well, if you happen to choose a wipe, where do you dispose of it once you’re done? For most, they’ll toss it in the toilet rather than the garbage can a few feet away. This is a bad habit to get into because it can lead to (you guessed it) clogs — and the same applies with baby wipes, too.

Sometimes, companies will deem that a wipe is flushable — but in reality, it’s not even biodegradable. If you tend to ignore this notion and flush all wipes down the toilet, then you’ll have some serious plumbing problems to look forward to in the future.

If you’re looking to keep your toilet clog-free, then it’s best to dispose of all wipes (even if they say that they’re flushable) in a nearby trash can. This will keep your plumbing clog free while keeping your bathroom in tip-top shape.

If you run into any problems with your home’s plumbing, heating or cooling, and prefer to forgo the DIY route, our technicians are here to help! Visit our website to learn more about the services that we offer here at Pipe Wrench Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, Inc. or call (865) 518-7008 to speak with a representative directly.