Top 5 Reasons Your Drains Are Clogged

5 Common Reasons That Your Drains Clog

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Nobody want’s to deal with clogged drains, not businesses, and not homeowners. Clogged drains are the cause of many headaches, and if you have ever experienced it in your home then you know what we are talking about. It doesn’t matter if it’s a clog in the kitchen sink, are a clog in the shower stall, clogged drains can be disruptive to your everyday living habits. If not tended to immediately, clogged drains can back up into the sinks and tubs and create unpleasant odors that aren’t healthy for anyone to breathe. So how do you treat a clogged drain? Well, that depends on why it’s clogging. There could be many reasons for a drain to clog or even a combination of reasons that are collectively creating the problem. Here we break down the 5 most common reasons that drain clog. We reached out to the plumbing experts Advanced Plumbing in Toronto to learn more about clogged drains and what causes them. Here is what we came away with.

Top 5 Reasons Drains Clog

• Foreign Objects

Have you ever accidentally dropped something in the toilet while it as flushing, maybe in the kitchen sink while washing dishes? It happens, everyday people accidentally drop objects into their drains. Kids toys in the bathtubs, legos lodged in the drain is more common than you would think. Wedding rings that slip of the fingers of unexacting homeowners, only to fall into the drain and either become lodged in the garbage disposal or make its way into the plumbing. Sometimes these aren’t accidents, sometimes these things are intentional. It’s not uncommon to be called out to a home where a young child has wedged a toy in the toilet. To prevent this from happening we suggest removing jewelry while washing dishes, removing toys from the bathtub before draining the water, and having a talk with your kids about the hazards of sticking foreign objects into the toilet and drain pipes. If a foreign object becomes clogged in any of your drains and you are unable to remove them, we would recommend calling a local plumber to unclog the drains for you before any further damage is caused.

• Hair

extreme hair clogNow this one is gross, if you have ever had to pull a clump of hair out of a drain then you know what we are talking about. According to our plumbing expert in Toronto, he has pulled clumps of hair out of the drain the size of a sewer rat. Imagine that, a clump of hair in your drain that could weigh 3 to 5 pounds. It’s a nauseating thought for sure, and there are preventative measures that can be taken to ensure you never have to experience that. Because body hair can cause your drain to clog so frequently, they have actually brought “hair traps” to the market. Yes, you can buy a hair trap for your shower drain to prevent hairs from passing further into your plumbing and clogging your drains. The other option is to be a bald bachelor and live alone, you may dodge the drain clogging issue altogether. If you find that these preventative measures haven’t worked for you and your drains are still clogging, it might be time to call on a professional plumber to asses the situation and make professional recommendations for resolving the problem.

• Grease

Everybody likes a little fat in their diet, cooking up sausage and bacon on a Saturday morning is breakfast standard in many households. But what happens with the grease after you are done cooking? According to Advanced Plumbing in Toronto, he says to let the fat cool down and hard, then dispose of it in the trash. Pouring the grease down the drain of your kitchen sink is the worse thing you can do. as they grease cools and hardens in the plumbing, that grease will continue to catch debris as it passes through the pipes. Over time this will begin to clog the space in the pipes and food and water will begin to back up in the sink. This is easy to prevent, however, after cooling the grease, scoop it out of the frying pan with a paper towel and dispose of it in the trash. If you believe that your sink is clogged from grease and fat, you can boil a large pot of hot water, add some dish soap into the drain, and slowly pour the boiling hot water through the drains. This is something you can repeat over again if you feel that it’s working and could use a little more. If not, calling in a professional plumber to unclog your drains is probably your best bet.

 

• Roots

This might be the worst of all the drain clogging problems that plumbers face. Think about what is happening when a root system breaks it’s way into your plumbing and begins feeding off of the water and nutrients that flow through it. There have been cases where the plumbing has been completely destroyed by an aggressive root system. After a root penetrates an underground pipe, it can continue to grow additional roots and completely clog the pipe. This is obviously damaging to your pipes, but it can also be difficult to diagnose where the problem is since it’s underground. Plumbers use snakes with cameras to feed down the pipeline and identify the source of the clog, this is usually how roots are discovered. The process of fixing this is much more involved than it is at the sink drain or the plumbing in the home. The plumbing company will need to dig a down to the pipe, cut it out, remove the root system, and replace the stretch of pipe that was damaged. To prevent the new pipe from falling victim to the roots again, it is often advised that the homeowner either cuts the root back further or if the plant is damaging the property, then they remove it all together.

• Toiletries

toilet overflowThis is a very common issue that affects the plumbing of the toilet more than anything. The best part about this is that it can be avoided. If you are flushing anything other than toilet paper down the drain, then you need to stop. Sometimes people run out of toilet paper and resort to using other household papers like napkins and paper towels. While this is a short-term solution that works, it can definitely cause clogging issues in your drain. One plumber we spoke with in Toronto, Canada suggested that “if you need to resort to using materials other than toilet paper, you should dispose of it in the trash bin rather than flushing it.” This isn’t something that appeals to most people, but if you don’t want to deal with clogged drains than you need to make sacrifices. Another thing to avoid is baby wipes, they are notorious for clogging toilets. And last but not least, feminine hygiene supplies should be disposed of in the garbage bin and not flushed down the toilet.

Some of these seem like no-brainers to avoid, but surprisingly the amount of phone calls that plumbers receive daily regarding these types of plumbing clogs is the norm. People get busy, they get careless, and they don’t think about the little things sometimes. Giving the baby a quick wipe before getting him into the bathtub is an action that happens daily, conveniently dropping that wipe into the toilet and flushing it is also convenient. There is the problem. If the severity of the outcome was more widely known, people would stop dumping items into their toilets that cause clogging, would stop dumping grease down their kitchen drains, and would keep small toys out of the bathtubs. The root systems are another story that isn’t as easy to avoid. Functional plumbing is a necessity in every Toronto household, take the preventative measures we listed above to avoid having to call a plumber to fix your clogged drains.

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