One of the biggest headaches that homeowner's face is bathroom clogs. Whether they're found in the toilet, bathtub or sink, stubborn blockages are a common issue. Knowing how and why clogs are formed can help you begin to avoid the hassles of frequently blocked plumbing, so your pipes can run smoothly again.
The biggest drain clogging culprit is soap residue. Though it may seem insignificant that this small amount of soap is washing down your drain, over time the soap begins to build up on your pipe's wall. Eventually it will lead to a reduction in water flow and can even block it altogether. The problem occurs when the stickiness of the soap begins to catch other items as they wash down the drain. This will create a giant, tangled mass of debris that is extremely strong and can make it almost impossible for water to properly drain. While this happens most often in showers and bathtubs, it can also occur in bathroom sinks where people frequently brush their hair and wash their hands.
As mentioned above, hair in combination with soap residue can cause major clogs deep inside your pipe. Be aware of pet hair as well when washing your cat or dog in the tub, as it is common for a large amount of hair to go through your drain at one time while doing so. To avoid a clog caused by hair, there are many inexpensive drain covers that can be purchased at your local department or home goods store. It's worth it to take preventative measures to avoid hair clogs, because it can be very difficult to remove the plug that forms without professional help.
Another common situation that can cause clogs is losing a small object down the drain. Wedding rings and other jewelry are frequently lost, as are children's bath toys. To prevent this from happening, you can purchase a mesh drain cover that will catch items that fall into the bathtub or sink while still allowing the water to freely flow through it. You may also want to purchase a ring holder or jewelry box for the bathroom. Carefully selecting the items you leave on the counter and choosing bath toys that are the appropriate size can also help ease the occurrence of these type of clogs.
Do You Have a Stubborn Clog? Call the Plumbing Experts at Mr. Rooter
Sometimes even the most well maintained plumbing has issues with clogs and backups. If you've tried clearing the blockage and are stills struggling, or if you simply don't have the tools, resources, or time to attempt de-clogging your drain, the experts at Mr. Rooter are here to help. Experiencing clogs on a consistent basis may be an indication of a bigger problem, such as root growth in your sewage system. If your family has a clog that simply won't budge, contact the professional plumbers at Mr. Rooter today. Our customer service team is ready to help answer all your questions and can help schedule an appointment today.
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