Imagine a foul smell coming out of your bathroom sink as you brush your teeth. Or water settling in your kitchen sink to prevent you from washing your dishes – these are all signs of a clogged drain. Clogged drains can be quite unnerving and inconveniencing to your household, but they are of course several easy steps to prevent clogged drains the same as it’s easy for drains to get clogged.
The most common drains in your household that are most likely to get clogged include kitchen sinks, main sewer lines, bathtubs and showers, and toilets. Kitchen sinks can be prone to clogs because you have a lot going on. Dual sinks, for example, come with a garbage disposal side and space to connect a dishwasher. This set up presents all kinds of potential risks including food residues and garbage clogs.
Additionally, on the underside of kitchen sinks, there is always a U, P and S-shaped pipe which helps to trap all the gases from returning to the drain as well as debris from clogging the pipes. However, if a large enough piece of debris is trapped, this may clog the drain.
Bathroom drains get easily clogged due to build-up of hairs, soap scum or even tiny kid toys thus, making it impossible for water to pass through the pipes. You can easily prevent this problem by always clearing the drain after each shower using gloves or investing a good quality drain mesh to help trap hair, soap scum or toys from penetrating the pipes.
Special drain cleaning products are sold for this purpose; however, they may be detrimental to your drainage pipe if used for prolonged periods. As funny as it sounds, knowing the ideal ply of toilet paper to use with your toilet will save you the hassle. This reduces the number one risk to your toilet’s clogging – toilet paper.
If you have exhausted all your tricks with no results, it’s time to call in a professional plumber, because chances are that you have a clogged main sewer line. The main sewer line that connects into you’re your septic or city sewage may be clogged. The main causes of this type of clog are normally growing tree roots that block its path or heavy impact that also interrupts its path such as a heavy truck driving over.
Additionally, large or hard items in the sewer may also cause a clog, a good example is a thick ply toilet paper or greasy debris that has settled for long and build up in volume. Furthermore, the last unspoken enemy to your drainage system is hard water. Hard water normally contains salts and minerals which damage your pipes thus, leading to the formation of insoluble corroded materials that end up clogging your pipes.
Although, a drain is a way to get sewage water out of your household, a well running drainage systems are more than that. Of course, they will keep your household from flooding, but they also help to keep your environment hygienic and safe. Remember, a leaky drainage pipe and stagnant water is a breeding ground for harmful bacteria and bugs. Plus, who wants an unpleasant smelling home?!
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