The drains in your home are important and play a vital role in the removal of waste. It’s easy to forget just how important they are until we start having issues with them. All plumbing systems will develop clogs; it’s unavoidable. Adam’s Plumbing Service & Drain Cleaning outlines the causes and signs of clogged drains as well as how best to fix them!
Clogged Bathtub, Shower & Sink Drains
Clogs are probably the most common issue with drains. They typically become clogged with root systems, hair or grease. Root systems become problematic when they grow through the pipes in your plumbing system. Trying to keep hair out of your drains is difficult, but it’s a good idea to try and capture as much of it as you can before it forms a clog. Food doesn’t belong in the drain either. Try your best to keep it out, especially grease. While grease goes down in liquid form, it solidifies and can become a clog. Unless clogs are removed as quickly as possible, standing water will become a problem in sinks tubs and pipes. Not only does this create a less than healthy atmosphere, it can damage your plumbing too.
Signs of a Clogged Drain Pipe
• Slow draining. When water starts draining slower than it used to, it’s an indication that a clog has started to form. Don’t let the clog completely form and stop water flow all together. The sooner you take care of it, the better.
• Foul odors from drains. When you start smelling an unpleasant odor coming from your drains, you may have a clog. The smell might be unwanted materials backing up in the drain or sewage.
• Water backing up. If water starts to back into the sink or tub, your plumbing system may have a clog.
• Strange drain sounds. Your ears may be able to tell you if a clog is forming. When drains are blocked, water may be forced through any small opening it can find and you may hear bubbling or gurgling.
• Overflowing toilet. An overflowing toilet is a sure sign that a clog has occurred. The first step is to try using a plunger to clear the clog. If this doesn’t fix the problem the clog is probably further down the drain and the plunger won’t be able to reach it.
When to Avoid DIY Kitchen & Bathroom Plumbing
There are DIY tools like augers and snakes you can purchase to clean your drains, but to avoid damaging your plumbing system it’s best to leave it to the professionals. Harsh chemicals should also be avoided when you want to clean your drains because they are very corrosive to the metal components of the drain system and can remove the finish in the drains. They also emit noxious fumes as they work to dissolve the clog which isn’t good for you or the environment.
Professional Plumbing Services in Springfield, Nixa, Marshfield & Republic Missouri
The best way to deal with clogged drains is to prevent them from happening in the first place, but chances are you’ll encounter a clogged drain someday. If you can’t clear a clog after a few attempts, you need to contact a licensed plumber for drain cleaning. Adam’s Plumbing Service & Drain Cleaning provides commercial and residential plumbing services.