You may not realize it, but a clogged drain can be a serious problem. Many people ignore slow and clogged drains; however, ignoring it doesn’t make it go away and can make the situation worse. If you have slow or fully-blocked drains, call on the experts at Ed Rike Plumbing, Heating & Air.
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Side Effects of Blocked Drains
While a clogged drain is undoubtedly an inconvenience, many people fail to realize that various serious issues can damage your Dayton home if you don’t fix the problem quickly.
- Poor Drainage – The primary effect of clogged drains is that they don’t drain quickly. Sometimes, water can back up if the clog is significant.
- Foul Odors – When clogs are severe enough to impede the water from draining, the pipe can dry out, and with no moisture to soak up the odors caused by decaying food and waste, and you may end up with a foul-smelling kitchen.
- Dirty Water – Significant clogs are often breeding grounds for bacteria. Food waste gets caught up in the obstruction and leads to dirty water and poses health risks to your family.
- Leaks – Obstructions that don’t get fixed can result in an increase in water pressure within the pipe, causing leaks in older plumbing.
When you have a clog, call a drain cleaning company like Ed Rike Plumbing, Heating & Air, to fix it.
Preventing Clogged Drains
It seems like drains clog at the most inopportune times, such as when you have guests staying over or a party. While it’s difficult to prevent all drain clogs, you can take steps to avoid most of them. Here’s what to know.
- Use a lint catcher – The washing machine drain is one that plugs up often because of the lint, fabric, facial tissues, and other debris that come from doing laundry. To prevent washing machine drain clogs, use a lint trap on the end of your washing machine hose.
- Use bacteria – Organic matter like hair, grease, and food are the sources of most clogs in the kitchen. Fortunately, you can use a type of bacteria that breaks down the organic matter, which leaves your drains free-flowing and reduces foul odors.
- Don’t pour grease down the drain – One of the worst things you can do is to pour cooking grease down the drain because it hardens as it cools and blocks your pipes like cholesterol blocks arteries.
- Stop hair from going down the drain – In the tub and shower, hair is the common culprit for clogs. Hair combines with soap residue to form stubborn clogs, but you can prevent this by using a screen mesh over the drain to stop the hair from getting in.
- Put food waste in the trash – Instead of dumping food waste into the drain where it can clog, put it in the trash, or consider adding a garbage disposal.
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How to Unclog Drains
When Dayton homeowners experience stubborn drain clogs, many reach for the old plunger or chemical drain cleaner to solve the problem. However, in some instances, these products don’t help and can even cause more damage if you have older plumbing. Also, wire hangers, baking soda, boiling water, caustic soda, and other home remedies don’t always get to the root of the issue.
If you’ve tried everything else, but still have clogs in your pipes, call a clogged drain repair company like Ed Rike Plumbing, Heating & Air.