Tenants are responsible for knowing how to use plumbing systems properly. If a clog or stoppage is caused due to improper use by a tenant, then the tenant will be responsible for the cost to have the clog or stoppage removed. Here is a list of the most frequent types of clogs and stoppages:
Flushing incorrect items down a toilet: Only human waste and a reasonable amount of toilet tissue should be flushed down a toilet. Common toilet clogs are due to the flushing of feminine products, disposable or non-disposable wipes, too much toilet paper, Kleenex, sanitizing wipes, and food products.
Clogged garbage disposals: These are only designed to handle small, soft and easy to break down foods like orange peels, egg shells, coffee grinds, etc. Things that should not be put into a garbage disposal include foods with high fat, fiber, or starch content such as rice, asparagus, potato skins, bones, greasy/fatty foods, pastas, etc.
Clogged bathroom sink or tub/shower drains: The most common causes include, but not limited to, dental floss, hair, and sand. Dental products such as floss, toothpicks, and tooth brushes should be thrown away. It’s strongly recommended to use hair strainers in bathroom sinks, showers, and tubs. In addition, if sandy, its recommended that a person rinses off outside before entering the property as excess sand can build up and clog pipes.