Are you dealing with blocked drains? Other than bad odours, clogged drains could expose your family members to health conditions such as asthma and allergies. Below is a comprehensive guide on the causes of blocked drains and how you can unclog your drains.
Causes of Clogged Drains
Below are a few reasons why your drain could be clogged:
- A full septic tank could cause a backflow of dirty water to your sink and toilet.
- Oily substances do not dissolve in water. They form a thick substance that gradually clogs your pipes.
- If you have a habit of combing or shaving your hair in the sink, there is a high likelihood that the sink will clog.
- Hard water combines with soap to form scum (an insoluble calcium and magnesium substance) that clogs your pipes.
- Kids might throw insoluble materials, such as plastics and metals, down the drain. These will clog your drain.
- Plant roots and algae could also block the drainage system.
How To Unclog Your Drains
Oily food substances are a common cause of clogged kitchen sinks. Pour some boiling water in the sink to dissolve these substances. Alternatively, you could use a plunger to suction these materials. If you do not have a plunger, use a thin wire to fish out dirt from your drain.
A solution of baking soda and vinegar will help clean your drain. Mix equal portions of each substance and pour them in the blocked drain. Let the fizzing solution sit overnight and flush it with hot water in the morning.
Professional Drain Cleaning
Hire a plumber to unclog your drain. A professional plumber will begin by conducting diagnostics to determine areas where the pipes are clogged. He or she may use CCTV or motorised drain augers to examine the drainage system. Hydro-jetters are used to clean the clogged drain. In severe cases, the plumber may have to detach various sections of the drainage system when cleaning the pipes. As such, he or she may need your home's blueprints to accurately identify the location of the drainage system.
Work with an experienced plumber who has adequate experience in unclogging drains. Conduct some due diligence to ascertain his or her expertise and work ethic. Preferably, work with a 24/7 plumber who works at night and during weekends.
Oily substances, mineral deposits, hair and insoluble solids are some causes of a clogged drain. DIY cleaning methods are a temporary solution to your clogged drain. An experienced plumber will permanently unclog the drain.