A Guide To Understanding Lesser-Known Causes Of Clogged Drains

Posted on: 24 February 2017

If you have recently been quite proud of yourself when it seems that your grocery store purchase of an item guaranteed to clear your drains was successful, only to discover soon after that the clog was only temporarily abated, it is time to speak with professionals about the issue. However, it is important to understand that there are often numerous causes of a clogged or slow drain and it could easily be something serious. Therefore, in order for you to have a better understanding of what your plumber may diagnose as the cause of the issue, it is a good idea to become familiar with the following concerns.    

When Your Home Is So Nice And Comfortable That Even The Trees Want To Come In

One cause of a clogged drain actually relates to the growth of tree roots growing through and around the pipes under and near your home. Since it is not unusual for old pipes, especially those built prior to 1970to have cracks, imperfections or connections that are weakened, those pipes are prone to damage by growing roots. In that instance, the roots can grow in, around and even through your pipes, resulting in slow drainage from your home or limited water pressure to your home.

As a result, it may be necessary for your plumber to image the pipes to find the problem and then to repair or replace the affected pipes. The longer that the roots are permitted to grow, the more damage you can expect to see, so be sure to arrange for a licensed professional to diagnose the issue as soon as you can.

An Impaired Sewer Line is Much More Than Just A Clogged Pipe, But Can Seem The Same

One common mistake that plumbers see if the belief that if the toilet overflows and new bubbling sounds are manifesting from the pipes, they are obviously the result of the wrong item being put down the drain recently. The truth is that while that could be the cause, your problems could also be the result of buildup from years of allowing oil or other residue to go down the drains. Those items can cling to the side of your pipes and over time, can reduce the flow of water and waste the pipes experience, manifesting in an impaired or clogged sewer line.  

If left untreated, you could eventually discover that the sewer lines are backing up into the home, with common areas for the trauma being the bathtub and toilets. Since that problem can cause expensive damage to the interior of your home and repairing the sewer line is also a costly endeavor, you should consult with a plumber if you notice overflowing toilets, bubbling pipes or drains that are slow to drain. None of those problems are a good sign and early diagnosis is the responsible choice. Therefore, your plumber is the person with whom you should speak as soon as possible, as the longer the problem continues the more expensive and extensive the damage is likely to be.     

In conclusion, it is not always easy for the average homeowner or renter to diagnosis and treat a severely clogged drain. Therefore, when you have determined that it is necessary to hire a plumber, like one from First Class Plumbing LLC, to fix the problem, it will behoove you to be aware of the issues discussed above.