A clogged drain can quickly become an enormous nuisance. If left uncorrected, a simple clog can result in flooding, which could cost you thousands to clean up.
What Causes Clogs?
In the kitchen, your drains can often become packed with solidified oils and partially rotted food material, producing a stubborn clog as well as an awful stench. Drains in the bathroom have to contend with hair and toilet paper, making them even more susceptible to a blockage. The drains in the laundry room and basement can easily become filled with dust, random debris, or wads of lint. These are a particular threat because a flood in a seldom-used section of the building can go unnoticed while it does untold damage to the structure.
If you are uncertain if you have a clogged drain, here are some of the more common symptoms:
- Sink stops draining or drains very slowly.
- Water pools in shower drains and tubs.
- Toilet water rises or falls when you use the sink.
- When you flush the toilet, water comes up from the shower drain.
If you have to plunge a toilet, make sure you use a flange plunger for better results. It is highly recommended that you stay away from using chemical drain cleaners. They can cause damage to the pipes. If chemical drain cleaners have been used, please alert the plumber before work begins. The chemicals are not only dangerous to your pipes but a plumber as well.
The Best Way to Avoid a Clogged Drain
The key to avoiding a clogged drain, and unpleasant issues, is preventative maintenance. This is by far the cheapest and easiest way to keep your home plumbing system healthy. Neglected drain lines can be a huge source of not only frustration, but can also be costly. Over time, grease, hair and beauty products produce a sludge that can corrode your pipes and slow your system.
A maintenance plan allows you to save money in the long run by helping prevent costly repairs or even full pipe replacements. A clogged drain can be a symptom of a much larger issue. It is important to have a plumber come out and give you a full assessment of the issue before it becomes a disaster.
Clogged Drains and Other Concerns
A clogged drain can be costly if left unattended. If you have a drain that has been clogged for a while, it is usually a sign of a much more significant problem, and can certainly lead to a much bigger issue down the road. A clogged drain is usually the first sign of an unhealthy sewage line and could indicate something worse. If left unchecked, that clogged drain could lead to having to have your sewer line replaced.
Clearing a Clog on Your Own
Use care if are attempting to clear a drain yourself. When you attempt to plunge a clogged drain, be sure to use a flange plunger. Avoid using chemical drain cleaners that can cause severe damage to the interior of your pipes, often without clearing the actual blockage. If you have tried such a cleaner and later call a plumber (as you probably will) be sure to let the plumber know that your pipes may contain corrosive chemicals, as this can pose a significant danger to anyone working on your drainage system.