Common Reasons Why Drains Become Clogged

Common Reasons Why Drains Become Clogged

A clogged drain usually develops slowly with the water taking longer and longer to disappear. Don’t wait until it won’t go down the drain at all. Take action and get your drains cleaned by a professional plumber to avoid backed up sinks, showers, or worse, raw sewage from a toilet or main sewer line clog.

Over time, the drains in your home will become clogged, especially in the kitchen, but also the bathroom sinks, bathtubs and showers. In the kitchen grease, food particles, soap residue and other sludge can slowly build up in the drain and cause a clog.

In the bathroom hair, soap, fingernail clippings, and hair products can start to accumulate in the drains and eventually clog it up completely. When this happens, it is time to schedule a drain cleaning from a professional plumber.

There are chemical based products available to pour down a clogged sink to clear a drain. Using these types of products will only provide a temporary fix, however, and the clog will return shortly. If you pour a chemical drain cleaner into a blocked pipe and it does not open up the drain, it can sit there releasing noxious toxic fumes that can be harmful to your family, pets and even to the plumber who you will soon be calling to fix the issue!

Main Sewer Line Clogs

We rarely think about the sewer line that takes waste away from our homes until it stops functioning properly. Nothing is worse than a backed up sewer or main water line for causing great inconvenience and expense.

There are two main culprits behind these backed up lines:

  • Tree roots, especially in older home surrounded by large trees.
  • Feminine hygiene products, facial tissue or paper towels that are not designed to break apart in water, or other trash that is tossed into the toilet.

There are signs that a sewerage drain is becoming clogged that you should heed. Take immediate action if you discover:

  • After using the washing machine, the water in the toilets starts to bubble and sound like percolating coffee.
  • Water collects around the floor drain in the basement.
  • Slow drainage or even backwash in every sink, shower and bathtub throughout the house, not just in one sink or bathtub.

If you suspect the main sewer line is clogged, stop using water and shut off the main valve to the house. Then call a professional plumber for a drain cleaning. If necessary run a camera through the line to be sure it is completely clear.

Getting a Drain Cleaning from a Professional Plumber

If one or more drains in the house are slow, getting them cleaned by a professional plumber can save you a lot of time and money. A plumber has the tools and expertise to quickly clear the entire clog, not just temporarily open it up, and flush out build up from the entire pipe to keep it from backing up again in a few days or weeks.

Wading through raw sewage from a backed up sewer line or toilet is not only terribly unpleasant, but a health hazard as well. Let a professional plumber prevent such an event by getting your sewer line inspected periodically and remove trees growing too close to it.

At the first sign of slow drainage in a sink or shower, schedule a drain cleaning with a professional plumber to help you avoid inconvenient and messy back ups from a clogged drain.