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Clogged Drains: The Usual Suspects

Clogged Drains: The Usual Suspects

When you’re a parent, there’s one thing you fear hearing from your children, “The water won’t go down the drain!” Suddenly, you’re filled with dread. There’s a plumbing problem and since you’re the adult here, you’ve got to come up with a solution, and pronto. After all, your five-year-old isn’t going to do it for you.

You’re reluctant to act because you know it’s going to be wet and dirty. You’re probably going to see UFOs (unidentified floating objects), and it’s probably going to involve bad odors. So not fun. Indoor plumbing is one of the greatest inventions created by man until you’ve got a clogged drain.

Oh, the joys of indoor plumbing problems. The good news is that the more you know about clogged drains, the better you can be at preventing those pesky clogs from recurring. But to gain the knowledge of a plumbing guru, first you need to get down to the bottom of what causes clogged drains to begin with.

  1. Usually, bathroom drain clogs are the result of skin flakes, hair, dirt and soap scum binding together and reducing water flow.
  2. Clogged toilets are one of those tasks most people would like to avoid...entirely. But we can’t go a day without a working toilet, right? Clogged toilets usually happen because people flush the wrong things down the toilet that do not dissolve or break down in the water, such as:
  • Paper towels
  • Tissues
  • Feminine products
  • Diaper wipes
  • Q-tips
  • Dental floss
  • Cat litter
  • Small toys
  1. Kitchen sink clogs on the other hand, are caused by oils, cooking grease, and undissolved food particles like rice and pasta that are mixed with soap scum. What happens is these gooey substances accumulate until they make a stubborn clog.

Related: Maintenance Can Help Avoid Sewer Line Backups

Are you having chronic problems with clogged or slow drains? If so, contact Excalibur Plumbing to have a Round Rock Plumber inspect your home’s plumbing to identify the exact cause and take care of it right away. One longer-term solution may be a thorough drain cleaning, but we can also give you expert tips to maintain your pipes and reduce the chances of stubborn clogs.

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