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Common Causes of Drain Clogs, And What to Do About It

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Think about the last time you washed your hands or took a shower. You lathered yourself up with soap, washed yourself, and let it all rinse off into the drain.

After turning off the water, what happened to all the soap and suds? Did they go straight down into the drain without an issue, or did they disappear slowly, slowly, and leave a big mess of soap bubbles and water behind?

If you’re experiencing that second scenario more than the first, then we have to ask you: Do you have a clogged drain? A drain that takes several minutes to completely drain itself is usually one of the first indicators that you’re facing a clog.

Here are some common causes of drain clogs and what you can do about it!

Fats, Oils, Greases

We list them first because they’re the worst and most notorious drain cloggers. What makes these substances so harmful is that they’re typically warm and liquid when poured into the drain, but as they cool, they congeal and become sticky solids.

The basis of a meaty clog is almost always a buildup of fats, oils, and greases. If you stay diligent about keeping these three out of the drains, you can avoid most clogs in the first place.

Keep in mind that FOG doesn’t only come from the kitchen. The soaps we use in the shower also contain them.

Food Waste

What’s the point of a garbage disposal if I can’t put food down the drain?

No one is saying you can’t use your garbage disposal. However, a few substances are off limits since they can contribute to clogs.

A good garbage disposal will chop up most food waste, of course, but they can’t convert every food substance into drain-friendly mush. Substances like coffee grounds, starches, and trash—like the stickers that come on fruits or vegetables—can bypass your garbage disposal and contribute to a clog.

Flushing the Wrong Things

You shouldn’t be flushing anything down your toilet except bodily waste, clear liquids, and toilet paper. Yet, it’s not uncommon for us to encounter sewer line clogs created by flushed packaging, floss, and “flushable” wipes. That’s right, even those baby wipes advertised as flushable can cause serious clogs in the sewer system!

Drain Cleaning to the Rescue

Keeping drain-clogging substances out of your drain isn’t difficult with enough diligence. However, it doesn’t guarantee that your family or your guests will always follow those rules. There might even be times where you’re in a rush and end up dumping a small amount of grease from the pan you just cooked bacon or eggs on.

But that doesn’t mean suffering from a clog is inevitable. Instead, you can be proactive and keep your drains clean. A thorough cleaning from a tool like the hydro-jet will blast those drain-clogging substances out of your pipes. Make it part of your annual plumbing maintenance and clogs will become a thing of the past.

Is it time for a drain cleaning? Contact Evans Plumbing Inc today to schedule a service. Evans Plumbing At Your Door!

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