The plumbing is a giant machine running through the whole house. It has a variety of components to it, including pipes, faucets, sinks, and more. The drains in your home are significant. When they work, you aren’t likely to notice it. However, your pipes also take on a lot of abuse. They handle many things, such as hair, food, oil, hygiene products, and more. When the drains fail, you end up with clogged drains that can cause bad odors and inconvenience the household.
24H Plumbing Pros can help you and offers a variety of solutions to help you unclog the drains. We repair the issue and help you find ways to prevent it from happening again. Let us dive further into the issue of clogged drains to find out what they are, what causes them, and more.
Signs of a Clogged Drain
There are many signs that your drains are clogged. These can include:
- No drainage at all (full bathtub or sinks)
- A sink or tub that slowly drains
- Stinky smells, such as a sewer smell
- Toilets that don’t flush and back up instead
- Gurgling drains
- Water on the lawn
- Plants growing near the sewer line
What Commonly Causes Clogged Drains
When it comes to the cause of your clogged drains, there are quite a few common ones. These include:
- Hair. Hair is one of the most common blockage issues because it binds with sticky substances (grease and oil) to form a clog).
Soap. Traditional soap bars are created with fat and grease. The fat combines with your water’s minerals, leaving a hard residue (soap scum). This stains the bathtub and clogs your pipes.
- Dirt. While the goal of the sink or tub is to wash away dirt, too much of it builds up and causes problems with the drain system. Consider rinsing extra dirt off your clothes outside before washing them.
- Food waste. Unless you have a garbage disposal in your kitchen sink, it is not a good idea to let food go down the drain. Also, never let coffee grounds or tea leaves go down the drain. Be extra cautious about any grease on your dishes, wiping it off with a paper towel and throwing it in the trash.
- Mineral buildup. If you have hard water, the minerals can dissolve in it and build up. These lead to insoluble masses that can block the drains. Consider a water softener to help with this and call a professional plumber when the pipes don’t seem to let water flow properly.
- Root. Sometimes, a tree or plant root can grow and penetrate the drain line. This can cause a blockage around the space and root. With time, more foreign objects can get caught and clog your drain.
It’s also important to understand that a nearby storm drain can also cause issues within the home. While it might not clog the drains of your house, it can cause street flooding. If the water gets close to the home, it might come in through the basement.
The storm drain is essential to keep the drainage system of your city running smoothly. However, this means keeping them free of clogs. To do that, make sure there is no mulch, fallen leaves, trash, and other debris around the storm drain.
How to Unclog Drains
Many homeowners think the best way to clear clogged drains is to use a drain cleaner. These are often full of chemicals. Not only are they dangerous if you breathe them in or expose the skin to them, but they are also damaging to the pipes.
Since a drain cleaner isn’t the best thing to use, you should call a professional plumber. We have a variety of tools to help unclog your drains. Plus, we can help advise you on the best ways to prevent future clogs from forming.
Some homeowners think that they can buy an auger or eel and do the work themselves. It is possible, but it is often difficult to do yourself. Plus, you could end up doing more damage to the pipes and home without realizing it.
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Therefore, it is best to call us and let us come to your home. We can assess your situation and find the best solution to repair the problem. Don’t hesitate to call anytime; we are available 24/7 to help!