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19 September 2015

What’s Clogging Your Drain?

clog sinkYou’re not alone. Nearly all homeowners, renters, dwellers, and more will experience a clogged drain at some point in their lives. Although this problem may seem inevitable, there are ways to avoid it!

So what’s going on in your drains? Keep reading to find out the top 4 drain cloggers that are wreaking havoc on your home’s plumbing system.

1. Grease & Fat

Grease and fats are the number one cause of clogged drains. It is one of the easiest substances to make its way down the drain in any room.

We mostly find these slimy substances lurking in the kitchen. Even though your stomach is full and your plate is empty, there still lies the presence of grease and fat. When they are washed off the plate and are swept down the drain, they cling on to the insides of your pipes. As more and more get washed down, the more they build up, which causes slow draining and clogs.

What can you do about this? Greases and fat build up can easily be avoided by monitoring what goes in the sink. Make it a habit to scrape the remains on your plate into the trash before you wash. Ok, you may also need to run your water a little longer to ensure the food has moved to the main.

2. Hair

Hair is one of the most common drain cloggers in the bathroom. The drain in your shower catches falling hair practically everyday, if not more than once per day. A build up of hair can be very dangerous to drains. If the build up is not treated regularly, they build up can get so large that no water will be able to pass through at all, making this a costly fix.

Keeping hair out of the drain is easier than you might think. There are many inexpensive drain covers that are meant to catch falling hair from entering the drain. These devices are typically less than $10 and can help save you from major costs in pipe damage.

If you already have a clog due to grease and fat build up, you can give us a call for a quick drain cleaning service, or boil a pot of water and dump it down the drain followed by a mixture of baking soda and lemon juice. This will loosen and eat up the grease in your drains.

3. Random Objects

We have found just about anything you can think of jammed down pipes. From action figures to toothbrushes, we have seen it all. With young children and even pets, this can be a common occurrence in the home.

Not only do we find odd objects in drains, but we also come across homeowners that do not know what can and cannot be flushed down the toilet. Feminine care products, baby wipes, paper towels, tissue, and other materials of this kind are often deemed as ‘ok to flush” by homeowners, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. These objects do not belong down the drains.

4. Trees & Leaves

Fall is just around the corner, and one of the many things that it brings is falling leaves. A build up of leaves in your yard can cause build up in your outside area drains. Overgrown and unkempt trees can make their way into your pipes or outside sump pumps causing cracks, damage, and clogs.

Keeping your yard clean from debris can be great for more than just curb appeal. Keep piling leaves at bay and maintain the trees on your property to avoid a bigger plumbing problem in the future. You may also want to screen over your outside sump pump.

Now that you know the top 4 causes of clogged drains, you can equip your home and family with the appropriate tools, tips, and practices to keep them out of your drains.

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