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Common Reasons Why Drains Clog

Slow-moving or completely clogged drains can be one of the most frustrated plumbing problems people experience in their bathroom sinks, showers, and kitchen sinks. They were primarily designed to do one thing, remove water from the basin in which they sit. However, various types of debris often get caught up in that water and start accumulating in the pipes.

Kitchen Sinks

Often, people expect their garbage disposals to be miracle workers. However, your disposal unit shouldn’t intake anything you couldn’t be expected to chew with your teeth. For example, sticking pieces of bone in your garbage disposal might help clog up your system. In addition, kitchen grease can be poured down the drain in liquid form, but once it cools down, it can begin to harden up again. Other products, such as coffee grounds, eggshells, potatoes, beans, pasta, and rice expand when they get wet. They can all combine and form a paste-like substance 67 can coat the inside of the pipes and reduce water movement. Enough of this paste can block the drain completely.

Bathroom Sinks

Both bathroom sink drains and shower drains get clogged with similar types of materials. Both drains sweep dirt, skin flakes, hair, and soap scum away along with the water that comes from the pipes. If the substance sticks to the pipes rather than disappear down the drain, it will eventually build on top of itself, narrowing until it finally blocks water completely.

Toilets

Most toilet clogs are caused when people flush down items that don’t dissolve or break apart in water. For example, feminine hygiene products, dental floss, cotton-tipped swabs, and premoistened diaper wipes don’t fray when introduced to water. Floss could wrap around a wad of wet toilet paper, which could prevent the water from draining.

The best thing you could do for your pipes is to throw most products away before they end up in the sink. For example, save cooking grease in an old coffee can until it cools. Then, throw it into the trash can rather than down the sink. Likewise, you can purchase inexpensive drain covers to put on or in your drain, which will catch hair and other larger debris. If you clean it every time you take a shower or shave in the sink, you can save your sink from having to deal with excess waste. Likewise, regularly cleaning your drain with vinegar can prevent organic buildup in the pipes.

If you’re still having draining issues, don’t hesitate to call us. Our plumbers can offer you more than 100 years of combined experience. If you’re having problems with your plumbing, it’s important to consult a professional Durham plumber who can help you take a look at the underlying cause before it becomes more of a problem. Our technicians use the latest in technology to ensure your drain cleaning is the best. We use live-feed video camera inspections along the drain line in addition to our exclusive Hydro-Jetting service to provide guaranteed results. Let us see what we can do for you. Contact us at (919) 626-3626 or fill out our online form to schedule a service now.

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