As common as they are, a clogged drain can really ruin your whole day. Much of the time, drain clogs can be prevented. Take a look at our list of the top 10 causes of drain clogs to find out what you can do to help keep your drains flowing free and clear.
- Cracked or Aging Sewer Lines: Sewer lines that have cracks or uneven surfaces can catch pieces of debris in your pipes such as paper and hair, eventually leading to a serious clog. Have your sewer lines inspected periodically to make sure they are in good shape.
- Flushing Foreign Objects: Items such as feminine hygiene products, paper towels, toothbrushes and toys should never be flushed down the toilet.
- Tree Roots: Over time, tree roots can grow into your sewer line and block the flow of water. If you have a lot of trees near your property you should have your sewer line inspected periodically.
- Line Breakages: A break in your sewer line that causes water to flow out of the pipe underground can cause serious drain clogs.
- Grease: Grease is a top cause of drain clogs. Avoid pouring cooking oils or meat drippings down your kitchen drain.
- Hair: Always be sure to use a hair catcher in your shower and bathtub drains.
- Garbage Disposal:Avoid putting bulky or fibrous items into your garbage disposal such as banana peels, asparagus spears or large roots or tubers. These can become lodged in your sewer line. Also be careful not to allow metal or plastic items to fall into your garbage disposal, such as silverware or bottle caps.
- Incorrect Installation: If you live in a newer home and suddenly begin to experience problems with clogged drains it’s possible that your plumbing was incorrectly installed.
- Municipal Sewer Lines: If you can’t find the cause of your drain clog in your home it’s possible that there is a problem with the sewer lines in your neighborhood. Call your city of town hall to have them inspected.
- Outdoor Debris: Mud, leaves and grass clippings can enter your sewer line through outdoor drains or line breaks, causing drain clogs.
No matter the cause of your drain clog, P.W. Essig can help fix the problem and help keep it from coming back!