Eight Common Causes Of Clogged Drains

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Drain clogs rarely happen overnight. Instead, they build up over time. You can reduce the chances of a clog by knowing what the common culprits are and avoiding them.

1. Grease

Cooking grease and oil, whether it's oil from your fryer or leftover bacon grease, congeals inside pipes. This congealed grease can block a drain on its own, but it becomes worse when it traps other debris.

2. Hair

Use a hair trap in all drains, particularly in the shower, tub, and bathroom sink. Hair will collect in the drains, trapped by soap scum until a major blockage occurs. If you have pets that shed, rooms with floor drains also need a hair catcher to keep the fuzz out.

3. Tree Roots

Tree roots can be a problem in the main sewer drain that leads from your home. The roots enter the drain via tiny tendrils, but they quickly grow in the high moisture and nutrient environment until they block the drain pipe. Regular drain cleaning and rooting, along with removing problem trees, solves the problem.

4. Kitchen Waste

Certain waste items should never go down the garbage disposal. This includes vegetable peelings, pits and seeds, rice, pasta, and any type of wrapping. Not only can these items clog up your drains, but they can also cause damage to your garbage disposal.

5. Sediment

Dirt and soil have no place in your drains. Whether it's dirt tracked in or from washing off garden produce, put it outside or in the garbage instead of allowing it to clog up the drain. This may mean hosing off shoes and vegetables outdoors, or sweeping up inside and placing the dirt in the garbage and not into the mop sink.

6. Flushable Items

Many items are thought of as flushable but are not. This includes items like pre-moistened wipes, feminine hygiene products, wrappers, and diapers. Even if an item says that it is flushable on the package, toss it in the garbage unless it is toilet paper.

7. Scale

Scale buildup can be an issue, particularly if you have hard water with a high mineral content. Having your drains periodically cleaned and descaled can prevent mineral scale buildup from clogging up your pipes.

8. Corrosion

Corrosion occurs when older metal pipes begin to age. Scratches or damage on the pipe interior allows oxygen and water to access the metal and cause corrosion and rust. The pipe will begin to flake, which can at first cause a drain blockage but will eventually lead to a leaking pipe.

Contact a drain cleaning service for more information. 

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