Clogged drains are a huge inconvenience because they slow down the completion of daily tasks, leave undesirable residue behind, and cause a variety of other issues. While it may seem easier to attempt to unclog your drain using a chemical drain cleaner, you are temporarily relieving the clog and causing more damage to your plumbing pipes.
Chemical drain cleaners come in a variety of forms, including liquid, gel, foam, crystal, and powder, but they all function the same way. The chemicals react with the blockage and cause a reaction that generates heat, which works to dissolve the clog. While the heat may dissolve the clog, it can also corrode your plumbing pipes over time.
You can count on the professionals at Leeson Plumbing 24 hours a day to get your plumbing back to normal so you can resume your daily routine.
Common Types of Drain Clogs
Clogged drains in the kitchen are typically caused by soap, food, or grease. The buildup of any or all of these things reduces or stops the flow of water and if left unattended can result in an unpleasant moldy odor. To avoid kitchen drain clogs, keep these tips in mind:
- Dispose of starchy foods and fruit and vegetable peels in the trash instead of down the drain
- Do not use your garbage disposal to grind coffee grounds or eggshells
- Never pour kitchen grease down the drain
- Only use your garbage disposal for small, soft food particles
- Use a mesh sink strainer to catch bits of food and debris
In the bathroom, hair and soap are the main culprits causing drain clogs. Clogged toilets, however, are usually the result of flushable wipes, female sanitary products, or facial tissue. If the clog does not respond to the use of a plunger you may have a backup along sewer lines. If you find that your toilet overflows when showering or using the washing machine, there are underlying issues that should be addressed by a professional plumber.
Sewer Line Clogs
Clogged sewer lines differ from clogged drains. Your home’s main sewer line collects the debris from all of your plumbing fixtures. if your sewer line is clogged, your drains will most likely start backing up at some point. If you see any of the following signs, you most likely have a larger issue than a clogged drain that can lead to more costly repairs if left unattended.
- Multiple plumbing fixtures are clogged at the same time
- Your toilets are gurgling when you run water down the sink, drain your bathtub, or use your washing machine
- You smell sewage coming from your drains
- Puddles in your yard caused by tree root incursion
Are clogged drains interrupting your daily routine? If so, call Leeson Plumbing to get your drains flowing again. Submit a request for service using the form below. For the fastest response to urgent plumbing issues, please call or text Ryan Leeson at 949-237-0045.