There are so many facets to your home's plumbing system that you want to make sure are running smoothly, and one area that can give you the most trouble when it is ignored even slightly are the drains. Ignored drains lead to clogged drains and when a drain gets clogged, it becomes an issue that can no longer be neglected, and it will need immediate attention. Here are some of the things that you should know about drains to decrease the number of clogged ones you have to face in your home.
There are different types of clogs you can deal with
The first thing you want to understand is there are different kinds of clogs. There are clogs that can be way down in the plumbing system that may be caused by debris or even by roots from trees interfering with the pipes, Although this type of clog isn't directly in your drain, that is where you will notice you have a problem.
There are also clogs that are slightly down in the pipes, commonly the P-trap pipes become clogged due to their 'P' shape that causes debris to build up until it has gathered enough to create a clog. There are also clogs that happen right at the drain, such as the bathtub clogs that happen from hair.
There are different ways of clearing clogs
There are different items and solutions that can be used to attempt to free up clogs on your own. There are both toilet and sink plungers, plumbing snakes, drain cleaners, and home remedies like baking soda and vinegar.
Keep in mind, some of the over-the-counter drain cleaners can be harmful for septic tanks because they can cause an imbalance in the septic tank's ecosystem that can lead to future issues. Also, some of the harsh drain cleaners can harm the integrity of your plumbing pipes over time.
There are ways to prevent most clogs
Most clogs can be prevented by making sure you don't allow certain things to go down the drains, such as oils, greases, hairs, and anything else that isn't water, shampoo, soap, conditioner, etc. Also, having a plumber come out to your home to annually inspect your plumbing and deal with issues while they are still small is one of the best proactive things that you can do to prevent clogs and other issues in the future.
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29 December 2018
When you get a clogged drain or a toilet that just won't flush, do you reach for the phone and call for a plumber? When you have these seemingly simple plumbing problems around your house, you have to make a decision quickly. Do you pay for someone to come out and make the repairs, or do you attempt the repair on your own? This blog is all about DIY plumbing repairs. You will learn the basics and find tips for when to cut your losses and call in for professional assistance so you don't make a small fix one that needs serious repairs.