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CLOGGED DRAINS & PLUMBING ISSUES

Swirl of water going down the sinkOur plumbing systems are used every day in our homes and businesses, yet most of the time they are left forgotten until we need them…or until they overflow or get clogged up. People needing help with clogged drains are the highest number of emergency calls we receive. Here are some common things found in drains…

  • Grease or other oils
  • Hair
  • Toys
  • Paper that will not dissolve properly
  • Trash
  • Food
  • Medications or Drugs
  • Drug Paraphernalia
  • Feminine Hygiene products, birth control devices
  • Pets. Even piranhas and snakes, alligators, hamsters, gerbils, etc.
  • Diapers
  • Body parts. Even fingers or hands
  • Cotton buds or Q-Tips
  • Paint
  • Construction Wastes

There are ways to avoid problems with drains that clog, and first and foremost is regular cleaning of your drain lines. Over time, scale builds up on your piping systems and can cause other matter to stick to it.

Generally, scale alone can build up so thick that it narrows the drain pipes. So when disposing of things like grease, you’re for certain going to have problems. That’s the biggest reason to throw grease in the trash or donate it to those who would use it for biofuel instead of down the drain.

Even if hot, soapy water is used along with the grease, it will have remaining grease particles that don’t get dissolved. It literally can’t be dissolved without the use of harsher chemicals, which is why a cleaning flush out is necessary to clear out the pipes and start fresh.

Sinks are not trash cans, so things like meat leftovers, stringy things like celery or hair, toys, paper, and more shouldn’t ever go down a drain.

Your home’s plumbing pipes are made of any number of materials including:

  • Copper
  • Plastic
  • Lead
  • Concrete
  • Steel
  • Cast Iron

Even plastic PVC pipes don’t last forever and can easily get clogged. Connections can get loose, pipes can get crushed, and tree lines can infiltrate the line. All of these issues can cause clogged drains.

Your home’s plumbing system is separated into different systems. You’ll have a fresh water system that provides you with clean water for drinking and other uses, and a wastewater system that carries used water out away from your home.

Whether you have a septic tank or are on a municipality served system, keeping the drains clear of debris is always going to be important to keep your home safe from wastewater overflow. So how do you tell if your drains are getting clogged?

  • Slow draining water
  • Hair or debris buildup in the trap
  • Bubbling from the drain
  • Strange sounds coming from pipes

Since many homes have more than one area that disposes of wastewater, such as a kitchen and bathroom drain, your problem could exist along any of those lines as well as be located under the house or outside the home. Avoiding the issues that can cause drain clogs can save you a lot of headache and money down the line.

If you find you end up with a clogged drain, we’d be more than happy to help you. Feel free to call day or night for your plumbing needs.

More Tips on Drains

So if you are looking for a professional plumbing company, then please call us at 301-424-1141 or complete our online request form.