What a Cardiologist Taught Me About My Plumbing

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What a Cardiologist Taught Me About My Plumbing

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Just Like Having Clogged Arteries is Bad For Your Heart, Clogged Pipes is Bad For Your Plumbing

When it comes to our health, we all know that we need to keep our hearts strong and happy. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), heart disease is the number one global killer. A common cause for this is a condition known as atherosclerosis. This occurs when fat and cholesterol form “plaque” on the inside of our arteries. Our arteries provide blood flow to our muscles and vital organs, including the heart and the brain. If that blood flow is blocked, or even slowed down by plaque, it can result in things like heart attack and stroke. What does all of this have to do with plumbing? You might be surprised…

Clearing Your Arteries

I can pretty much guarantee you that your doctor will want to prevent atherosclerosis from happening to you. They will do this by telling you to eat healthy and exercise regularly. Education is so important in preventing this horrible condition. However, what happens if you are unable to prevent plaque build up? Regular check ups with your doctor will help identify the problem early. This is so important.

If your doctor can see that a problem is developing, it is a lot easier to address and fix. The last thing your doctor wants is for you to find out you have a plaque problem by having a heart attack! If they catch the problem early, they might prescribe you medicine. Healthy eating habits can also help. However, if the problem is already very bad, they might have to perform surgery. Common surgery includes fixing the section of artery that is clogged.

Your Pipes Can Build Up Plaque Too!

Interestingly, just like our arteries can develop plaque build up, so too can our pipes! Our pipes develop build up from FOG. FOG stands for:

  • Fats
  • Oils
  • Grease

When our pipes get clogged up, it is just like our arteries. However, instead of blood flow, water flow is constricted. Instead of a heart attack, you get backed up sinks, slow drains, and even burst pipes! Keeping your pipes clean and clear is critical to avoiding major plumbing problems.

How Do I Keep My Pipes Clean?

Just like with your health, prevention is the key. Always Affordable Plumbing Solano and Sacramento believes in this whole heartedly. This is the reason we provide so much information and DIY tips! Keeping your pipes clean starts with being careful about what you put down the drain. As we mentioned above, the main culprits that build up in your pipes are FOG. So, quite simply, don’t rinse fats, oils, or greases down your drains!!!

How Do I Know if My Pipes Have Plaque?

If you live in an older home, or you are new to your home, then you might not know how bad your pipes already are. That is where Always Affordable Plumbing Solano and Sacramento can really help. Common signs that your pipes are a bit clogged are:

  • sinks are slow to drain
  • shower/tub is slow to drain
  • kitchen sink backs up when doing dishes
  • water backs up into tub when you flush

If your sinks aren’t draining very well, or if they frequently back up, it is likely that you have “atherosclerosis” of your plumbing. Your next step should be to CALL ALWAYS AFFORDABLE PLUMBING!! Just like your doctor would do for you, we will check everything out and find out the actual problem before we just start doing things. Many other plumbing companies just make a quick assumption and recommend a “roto”. That may clear the clog temporarily, but the actual problem still exists. You will just end up with a backed up sink again.

Best Solano Plumber to the Rescue

Always Affordable Plumbing will use all our tools and experience to accurately diagnose the problem, so it can be fixed properly, the first time. This may include utilizing a small camera to inspect your pipes for damage, build up, and to identify the problem. In some cases, the problem can quickly and easily be fixed with an auger. However, if your pipes have a thick layer of plaque built up on the inside, then the real fix would be hydro jetting.


In some cases, we might find pipe damage. This can come from severe root intrusion, or from corrosion. In these cases we may recommend a trenchless pipe fitting or section replacement. No matter the problem, with Always Affordable Plumbing, you will know all your options and prices before we do anything.


Just like going to the doctor every year to stay ahead of major health issues, you should have your plumbing inspected every year. Always Affordable Plumbing offers home plumbing inspections that help catch plumbing issues before they become a major repair problem. This might be finding a small, hidden leak and preventing major water damage. Sometimes it is something as simple as recommending hot water heater annual service. Get your plumbing in the best working order by CALLING ALWAYS AFFORDABLE PLUMBING TODAY!!!


Service, quality, and affordability for our customers always comes first. Call today to schedule your appointment!

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