Some of the most common types of clogs occur in the bathroom and kitchen, and are related to everyday use – like hair or large pieces of food in the drain. Calling a plumber isn’t cheap and, generally, you can fix own clogged drains – as long as it’s limited to a single fixture.
Keep reading to learn about the most common causes of drain clogs, and how to recognize signs of larger issues – before they turn into a plumbing emergency.
Common Causes of Clogged Drains
- Anyone who’s had or lived with someone who had long hair is all too familiar with a backed up shower as the result of too much hair in the drain. Over time, soap builds up and attached more hair to what’s already in the drain, eventually leading to a full clog. The cheapest ways to minimize the amount of hair in your drain are to purchase a drain hair stopper and/or to clean the drain regularly.
- If your toilet keeps backing up, the culprit may be the type or quantity of toilet paper you use, feminine hygiene products, or other foreign objects accidentally flushed down the toilet. While it may feel gentler on your backside, extra plush toilet paper doesn’t break down as easily and is more likely to cause a clog. Not a fan of one-ply? Look for a quick-dissolving or septic safe brand instead.
- Even with a garbage disposal, some food items are more likely to clog your kitchen drain. In addition to cooking grease, some of the most likely suspects for clogged kitchen drains are coffee grounds, egg shells, potatoes, rice, beans and pasta. These items all get heavy or expand when wet, causing serious blockages.
Washing Machine Clogs
- Coins, rocks, safety pins and tattered clothing can cause a washing machine to clog. Make sure that everyone in your family checks their pockets before throwing clothes in the laundy, to ensure they are free of anything that could potentially clog your washing machine drain.
Main Drain Clogs
- Every drain in your home connects to a main drain. At the end of your main drain, in your basement or crawl space, carries waste to city sewer lines or a septic system and clog in this drain affects every drains in the house. If all of the drains in your house are backing up, then your main drain is probably clogged.
- While the main drain does have a cleanout, we advise against trying to fix this one yourselves. Many times the blockage can come from other sources, like debris or roots in your sewer line and the only way to accurately diagnose the problem is to inspect the line vith a video camera.
More tips to keep your drains running smoothly
- Use drain strainers and other accessories such as hair and food catchers to cover the drains, this will avoid these items from entering the drainage pipes and causing any kind of clogs.
- Make sure to run hot water down the drain periodically after continuous use. Hot water helps to wash away fresh buildup that can lead to a clog. It also can clean the lining of your drain, preventing residue and objects from getting stuck.
- Baking soda combined with hot water helps clean drains. Baking soda works as an natural cleaner and it also helps to remove odors from the drain. You can also use vinegar as another great natural cleaner.
As discussed above, these are some of the ways to get rid of existing clogs and prevent new ones from forming. If it’s too late, and your drains are already backing up from being clogged,we’re just a call away. Our sewer and drain cleaning services are affordable and could potentially save you thousands of dollars down the road.