Why You Are Having Clogged Drains (And What to Do About Them)

plumber inspecting drainA clogged drain is a household nightmare that never seems to go away. Often, when we are hard-pressed for solutions, we look for experts who know better on how to solve a clogged drain. Salt Lake City is host to many plumbing service businesses; some are even offering general HVAC services.

But why do you have clogged drains? What can you do about it? Saltlakedraincleaning.com has a few ideas.

Gunk

Most drain clogs occur in the bathroom and are mostly due to dirt, hair, and skin flakes. Binding with scum from soap, shampoo, and other cleaning products, they form gunk that sticks to the walls of the pipes disallowing water to flow freely and easily.

Solution: First, clean the drain stopper thoroughly. Next, use a drain plunger. If the plunger is not working, clean the drain elbow joint. Make sure the cleaning is routinely done to avoid accumulation of gunk.

Grease and Oil

As with kitchen sink drains, clogging is mainly due to grease or oil. If detergent soap scum and food particles that did not dissolve mix with grease or oil, sticky gunk is formed, one that is harder to remove than a bathroom drain gunk.

Solution: First, pour hot water down the drain to loosen the clogging. Next, pour dishwashing liquid (or baking soda or vinegar) and then follow it up with hot water. After a few minutes, use a plunger and pour hot water again. Use a chemical drain opener as a last resort.

Structural

Clogged drains can be a single fixture blockade or multiple fixture blockages. Single fixtures are easy to manage as discussed above, but multiple fixtures are a lot of work. If the blockage occurs in many locations, the issue could be between one fixture and the main line or a branch of the mainline.

Solution: Locate the line where the clog is occurring. After locating it, you can use a plunger or a hand auger to unclog it. If unclogging is cumbersome, then it is time to look for a plumber.