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Common Causes of Blocked Drains in Raleigh

November 1, 2013

No household plumbing problem crops up more often than blocked drains. You notice water draining slowly from a shower or a sink, or the water sits in a bathtub and goes nowhere. Down in the plumbing, something has clogged up the water flow. But what?

JD Service Now has put together a list of reasons you may experience blocked drains. Some of these troubles you can remedy yourself; others will require the assistance of an expert plumber. If you have doubts about what to do, make sure to give the plumbers at JD Service Now a call. We handle all types of plumbing issues, and we can take care of your drain cleaning in Raleigh, NC.

Common causes for blocked drains:

  • Oil, grease, or fat: Don?t make the common mistake of pouring hot oil, grease, or fat down a kitchen drain or disposal?or any drain. Although a liquid when hot, when they cool down they turn into waxy solids that can choke off your plumbing in a hurry. Serious grease-based clogs can require extensive work to remove.
  • Hair and soap scum: This you?ll encounter in bathroom sinks, showers, and bathtubs. The p-trap under the drain?that curved piece of piping?can gather an accumulation of the hair and soap that naturally runs down these drains, and this may eventually cause a clog. To help prevent this buildup, use drain covers to keep excess hair and soap scum from getting down into the p-trap.
  • Sewer line damage: This presents one of the most serious problems. If the sewer line from your home that runs out to the main city sewer line sustains damage, the backup will block pipes throughout your home. If you notice multiple blocked-up drains, get a professional plumber onto the job as soon as you can. If sewer line problems have caused this, you?ll require the assistance of an expert to remedy it before the issue turns serious and damages your home?s foundations.

For minor clogs, you might solve the problem with a sink or toilet plunger. However, do not resort to chemical drain cleaners if the plunger fails to work. These chemicals can harm your pipes, your pets, and the environment?and they won?t work at all if you have a more serious problem. If the plunger can?t get the job done, then a professional plumber can: contact JD Service Now for your drain cleaning in Raleigh, NC.

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