Common Cause of Drain Clogs

Are your drains or sewer pipes not flowing or flowing slowly? They may be clogged. Avoid the temptation to use chemicals found in most hardware stores. They are less effective at removing most clogs and over time can add to the damage of older pipes.

Here are a few causes of drain clogs:

Root Damage: Tree roots growing into the joints or cracks of old sewer pipes in search of the water and nutrients that the sewer pipes carry is one primary cause of root damage.

Offset Pipes: Over many decades of ground shifting and settling, pipes can get moved around; and due to different pipe lengths, they are not always moved in a way that allows good flow from the home to the municipal sewer system.

Soap build up Soap build up occurs mostly in secondary drains like showers, lavatories and laundry drains. As the soap is carried down the drain, it will, over time accumulate on the walls of the pipe. Although this happens slowly, the water can back up very suddenly as the drain pipe is reduced in diameter by the buildup. Grease build up Grease build up occurs just like soap buildup, only much faster. This occurs mostly in kitchen sink drains. As the grease is carried down the pipe by hot water from rinsing dishes and dishwashers, it is cooled by the vent pipes allowing cold air into the drain system.

Clear Drain Plumbing has many experienced professionals who are able to offer you the best solution to all of your plumbing needs. Give us a call to find out more about our services!

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