A clogged drain has the potential to be a disaster for your household, especially when it comes to your sinks, shower and toilet. When a drain is clogged, it could cause a complete stop in water drainage or water may drain very slowly. This will cause excess water to build up and potentially overflow onto your floors. Sometimes a small clog can be fixed with a drain cleaning product, but in cases where the water is completely backed up, those liquids may not make it to the clog in the quantities required to fix it.
Common Causes Of Clogged Drains
There can be a wide range of items and substances that can become lodged in your drains. Below you will find some of the most common causes of drain clogs that we come across, along with a few tips on how to prevent them.
By far the number one cause of drain clogs and blockage is none other than our own hair. This is because hair easily clogs up with other substances, becomes tangled and easily lodged in drains, especially where pipes form a right angle. The best way to prevent hair from clogging your drains is to ensure that screens are installed to collect the hair before it can reach the pipes.
Too much dirt or debris flowing through your pipes can cause a clog over time, particularly if you work in a profession where dirt tends to build up on your clothing and you are constantly washing them. It is a good idea to try and shake off any dust or dirt outside prior to washing very dirty cloths.
You may already be aware that soap scum has a way of building up around your shower or bathtub over time. Well, this same soap scum can also build up in your plumbing over time. This is because many soap products are made using animal fat. When combined with the minerals commonly found in water, it can leave behind traces of residue known as soap scum. While it is easy to clean this residue from your showers, we often neglect our plumbing. Have your pipes pressure cleaned occasionally to clean out any harmful buildup.
Food Particles & Waste
In an ideal situation, major food particles should never make their way into your drain, unless you have a garbage disposal installed in your sink. Otherwise, you should always have traps or screens in your sinks that collect any food waste. You can then dispose of this waste in the garbage can or compost. Otherwise, food particles can buildup in your sink and cause a serious blockage.
Hard water minerals
If you live in an area where you have hard water, which is simply water with an excess of minerals in it, then these minerals can accumulate in your plumbing over time. The most common solution to prevent this type of buildup is to install a water filter in your home. This device will filter out many of the excess minerals that are present in your water before it flows through your primary household plumbing. Mineral buildups can become very hard and difficult to remove. Given enough time, you may even need to replace portions of your plumbing entirely.
Toilet Paper & Waste Products
The most common ways that toilets become clogged is by using too much toilet paper. This can clog up your toilet’s plumbing and may cause it to overflow when your flush it. Typically, you can use a plunger to dislodge the obstruction. However, for more serious clogs you may need a professional plumber to use a special tool known as a rotor rooter to eliminate the clog. The best way to avoid toilet clogs is to flush waste products first, then the toilet paper.
We Provide A Wide Range Of Drain Cleaning Services
As we have outlined above, there are many substances that can become lodged in your drains and cause a clog. Sometimes you may be able to fix the clog with a plunger or drain cleaning product, but many times there are severe clogs that will require a professional plumber.
We can help you eliminate clogs in a wide range of locations such as:
- Sink drains
- Shower and bathtub drains.
- Toilet plumbing.
- Storm drains.
- Sewer lines.
- Floor drains.
- Any type of plumbing that water runs through.
Our expert plumbers have the experience and tools to fix even the toughest of clogs. In addition, we can clean your pipes and flush out any mineral buildup that may have occurred over time. Contact us today if you have a difficult clog or any plumbing emergency that you may encounter.