As New York plumbing contractors, we get a lot of calls about clogged toilets. People flush all kinds of things down the john, and sometimes that doesn’t work out so well. While the worst offenders are absorbent materials like baby diapers or feminine hygiene products, other items – particularly those which are just the right size to get wedged in a sewer drain pipe – can be problematic.
Now, we all know toddlers love to flush things down their toilet. It’s practically their favorite game. And little kids love technology just as much as their parents and siblings do. When they can get their hands on somebody’s smart phone, they love to play with it – and when they’re done playing with the phone, it’s fun to flush it down the toilet.
Now, some smart phones are actually large enough that they’re not going to go down the drain. Most folks can handle retrieving these phones on their own. With a little luck, and lots of disinfecting wipes, maybe your phone will be fine.
But what happens if your phone goes down the drain? The odds are pretty good it’s going to get lodged in your sewer drain pipe at some point. There, it’s going to be drenched with water and waste materials every time someone flushes. And eventually, when enough waste material or other debris becomes lodged around the phone, a clog will form. This can result in the toilet backing up – a nasty mess that means it’s time to call your New York plumbing contractor.
New York City Sewer Drain Cleaning
Generally, the way to address a clogged toilet is by clearing the sewer drain of all obstacles. There are a number of ways to accomplish this safely, without damaging your toilet, drain pipes, or other plumbing fixtures. We’re sorry to say that the smart phone that’s made its way into the sewer drain pipe is extremely unlikely to emerge in working condition. But your toilet will work properly again, which is something to smile about.