Do you keep stepping into puddles around your sinks, bathtubs, or laundry areas? Are pungent smells emanating from your drains? Is the water in your bathtub or sink slow to drain? Your drains are probably clogged! You will need a clogged drain service to check out the issue and get the blockage cleared. In this post, we’ll help you discover the cause of your clogged drain and the tools you need to prevent this disaster again.
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Causes of Clogged Drains
Drains are caused by a buildup that partially or entirely blocks your drain pipes. Each main area of your home deals with different products. The cause of a blockage will likely vary from drain to drain. You will notice:
• Water pooling around areas with drains (like sinks and bathtubs)
• Water draining slowly from your sink, bathtub, or toilet
• Low water levels in your toilet
• Gurgling drains
In the kitchen, your culprits are usually grease, food, and soap. Even if your sink has a garbage disposal, you should not be throwing all foods down the drain — only soft foods that are easy to grind. Grease, oil, and bar soap can cool down and solidify in your pipes.
In the bathroom sink, hair, soap, and toothpaste are likely to cause a clog. While one or two hair strands won’t cause a fuss, hair can build up over time. Eventually, they will form wads and block your pipes. Toothpaste and bar soap that hasn’t dissolved can accumulate in your drains.
For toilet blockages, your primary offenders are toilet paper, wipes, paper towels, and hygiene products. The only thing you should be flushing is toilet paper and waste. Your toilet is not equipped to handle any other products — even flushable wipes can wreak havoc on pipes. Too much toilet paper is another issue. Not all of it will fit down the drain or dissolve properly.
Preventing Clogged Drains
In your kitchen, avoid using the garbage disposal for non-food items such as cigarettes and plastic. Avoid foods that don’t dissolve easily. Instead, use a compost basket or pile to dispose of these items:
• Grease and oil
• Vegetable peels
• Fruit pits
• Coffee beans
• Tea leaves
• Beef or chicken bones
Be sure to keep cold water running and to avoid overstuffing the disposal.
In your bathroom, switch to liquid soap to prevent any bar soap from re-solidifying again. Set on using bar soap? Run boiling water down the drain to clean out the pipes.
For your toilet, keep wastebaskets and bags handy to throw out items not suited for your toilet. You might also consider a lid lock to prevent kids from flushing their toys. If you’re a toilet paper fiend, consider using less.
Looking for a Clogged Drain Service in Phoenix?
You want to avoid waiting until the last minute to fix blocked drains. Getting your pipes fixed as soon as possible prevents a more severe problem in the future.
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