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Cause of Plumbing Stoppages

Cause of Plumbing Stoppages
November 13, 2021

Cause of Plumbing Stoppages

Does it feel like your plumbing has come to a stop? If you are wondering why you are not getting enough water out of the faucets or the sinks are not draining fast enough, then this article is for you. We are going to go over some of the common causes of plumbing stoppages. We will also offer some tips on resolving those issues. If you prefer to leave the plumbing work to the trained and equipped plumbers, then call Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Atlanta to schedule an appointment or request an urgent dispatch. We are ready to tackle the root cause of the problem!

Internal Causes

Let’s break down the causes of plumbing stoppages into a few categories: internal, external, and natural causes. Internal causes involve particles and objects within the plumbing system.

For example, clogged drains are often caused by some object restricting the flow. These blockages can be anything from hardened greases and fats to hygiene products and hair. Get in the habit of rinsing your drains after use and flush drains with vinegar and baking soda once every few months. Don’t forget to schedule an annual drain cleaning for clear drains.

Clogs can be caused internally also through the water supply line. If the water supply has high mineral content, you can end up dealing with mineral buildup in the plumbing. You can reduce the risk of these types of clogs by installing a water softener or water filtration system.

External Causes

Some things are hard to control and others are outright impossible to control. External causes of plumbing stoppages are forces of nature, but there are precautions and measures to take.

Invasive tree roots can tear through your plumbing pipes in their search for water. You cannot stop the roots from growing, but you can plant the trees a safe distance away from plumbing. If possible, move any trees already planted.

Similarly, you cannot control the weather. Freezing temperatures can cause frozen pipes, so keep your pipes warm with proper insulation. Keep a faucet dripping so water doesn’t stand in the pipes and keep your thermostat over 50 degrees.

Natural Causes

Nature is a force to be reckoned with and father time is undefeated. Your plumbing pipes are built to last but they will eventually corrode and break down. If you notice discolored water, especially reddish water, then rusting and corrosion has possibly started. This rust buildup can cause blockages and decrease your water pressure. There is not much you can do against corrosion and rust other than repair or replace the pipes. Mr. Rooter Plumbing is happy to help with these.

Have You Scheduled Your Annual Plumbing Inspection?

The best way to know what is going on with your plumbing is with a professional plumbing inspection. We recommend property owners have their plumbing system inspected at least once every couple of years to make sure there are no issues. The peace of mind is priceless! Call Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Atlanta to schedule your annual plumbing inspection today.