Clogged Drains

Most Common Causes Of Clogged Drains

Clogged DrainsAnyone who has had  clogged drains knows what a nightmare that can be. Whether it is the kitchen sink drain, bathtub drain or shower drain, when it gets clogged, the dirty water backs up. The only way to get the water to flow out again is to take proper steps to clear whatever is blocking the drain so that the path is clear and allows the free flow of water.

Unclogging a blocked drain can be messy. Moreover, there is no one step that can be used to unblock all types of clogged drains. The correct procedure that needs to be used depends on the location of the drain and the cause of the blockage. At Liberty Plumbing at Septic, all of our plumbers are highly trained in using advanced equipment and are experts in all kinds of plumbing services including clearing blocked drains. Call us today for all your drain cleaning needs.

What Exactly Causes Clogged Drains?

When it comes to clogged drains, prevention is always better than cure. But to prevent this problem you first need to know what causes the drain to get blocked. Take a look at some of the more common reasons:

Flushing Solid Foreign Objects

Toilet paper, dental floss, sanitary towels, baby wipes – many people routinely throw all of these items down the flush without a second thought. While all of these items seem most unlikely to clog a drain, they actually do. Dental floss may seem like a tiny little string but over time it can build up and cause a blockage. Sanitary towels are too thick to get flushed away and can often get wedged in the pipe. Trying to flush thick wads of toilet paper has the same effect and so do baby wipes. Keeping a trash can in the bathroom is a simple way to make sure none of these items find their way down the flush.

Hair In The Shower And Bathtub

Hair is one of the most common causes of shower drain blockage. Every time we shampoo our hair, we lose at least a few strands of hair and that’s normal. Over a period of time, these few hair strands can build up and eventually block the flow of water. Getting a plumber to clear the shower and bathtub drain with a drain snake at least twice a year will help prevent a major mess.

Grease And Fat In The Kitchen Sink

When you pour grease and fat down the kitchen sink, it sticks to the sides of the pipe and eventually create a build up, narrowing the passageway and resulting in a backup. Wiping greasy plates before washing can help prevent blocking up the kitchen sink.