When it comes to drains, the reason they clog depends on where the drain is and what is going down the drain. A drain in the sink of your bathroom is going to have different use and issues than your shower drain, or the one in your kitchen sink. Below are some of the reasons your drain will clog and what you can do to avoid similar situations in the future.
Why drains clog in a home or business
- Bathroom drain clogs: If you are using a sink in your bathroom, issues don’t usually arise from one object, rather residue building up over time. The pipes in your bathroom sink will build up clogging materials by ways of soap, skin flakes, and dirt. If a small clog has happened, you can try and fix the issue yourself. This can be achieved by removing and cleaning the drain stopper. You can also use a sink plunger, or if you are handy you can always try and remove the elbow joint to check if there is a build up of scum, grim or smudge. If all else fails, call a local drain cleaning company to have the issue fixed by a professional.
- Toilet clogs: This is the thing we all fear when it comes to plumbing in our homes, businesses, commercial properties or anywhere that people use the bathroom. When a toilet clogs it can sometimes result in overflowing, which is not an enjoyable experience. Often, toilets clog because things were flushed down a toilet that were never meant to be flushed. The best way to avoid this issue is to not allow anyone to treat the toilet like a garbage can. The only thing that should ever be flushed is a small amount of toilet paper and human waste, nothing else.
- Kitchen sink clogs: These types of clogs can be a mixture of what clogs a bathroom sink, and what blocks your toilet drainage pipes. There are a few common things that can cause your kitchen drain to clog. Start with the basic troubleshooting methods and work your way up. Run hot water down the drain to see if you can dissolve the blockage. You can also try your luck at using a sink plunger or taking a look at anything that is binding your disposal. If you are going to put your hand down the kitchen drain, make sure that you have unplugged your disposal to help reduce the risk of injury.
Call a professional drain cleaning company
As a home or business owner there is only so much you can do to fix a clogged drain. If you have done basic troubleshooting but cannot get the water to drain it is time to call a professional. The good news for residents of Salt Lake City is that we are running a promotion to help reduce the costs to get your drain cleaned. If you need a drain cleaning plumber call Plumbing Utah Heating & Air today to schedule an appointment.