Causes of Clogged Drains
A clogged drain is a common plumbing problem that can be caused by a variety of reasons. Drains are meant to remove wastewater, not trash, hair, leftovers, and the like. Over time a grimy buildup made of soap scum and bacteria collects in your plumbing. Once it starts collecting other debris like trash and hair a total obstruction can occur.
Another common culprit of a clogged drain is tree roots. Tree roots naturally grow towards the water, which makes your plumbing pipes a logical refuge. This is why you should be selective about the trees and shrubs that your plan, and make sure to plant as far away from your main sewer line as possible. Here are 5 common warning signs of a clogged drain.
#1 Toilet Doesn’t Flush
Perhaps one of the most common warning signs of a clogged drain is a toilet that won’t flush or backup.
Why Is My Toilet Not Flushing?
This is most often caused by too much toilet paper or a foreign object like a toy being flushed down the toilet. A backed-up toilet can cause a lot of damage to the surrounding area so it’s important to know what to do.
How to Fix a Toilet That Won’t Flush
- To stop the flow of water, open the tank and close the flapper.
- Hold it closed for a few minutes, or until the tank starts to fill up with water.
- Once you have the flow of water under control you can try to plunge.
- Completely submerge the plunger for proper suction.
- If you are unable to successfully clear the clog, then call your plumber to prevent any further damage to your drain, pipes, and surrounding area.
#2 Slow Drainage
Slow drainage in the sink, tub, or shower is another common warning sign of a clogged drain.
Why Is My Drain Slow?
The buildup of soap scum buildup and hair are often the reason for the clog.
How to Fix a Slow Drain
- Regular drain cleaning helps stay on top of the buildup and prevents clogs from happening.
- Avoid using liquid drain cleaners as they aren’t that effective, are harmful to use, bad for the environment, and can actually damage your plumbing.
#3 Smelly Drains
Drains that smell bad are another sign of a clog.
Why Does My Drain Smell?
While it could also be caused by a dried trap, which to rule out you can run some water from the faucet and see if it clears up, it doesn’t mean you don't have a more serious problem at hand. A smelly drain could also be caused by clogged food particles or even a rodent who tried to gain access to your home through your plumbing and failed. Either way, you can have a professional take a look.
#4 Gurgling Drains
Gurgling drains are another warning sign of a clogged drain.
Why Are My Drains Gurgling?
It means there is air trapped in your pipes somewhere and could be caused by a clog further down the line, a clogged vent stack, or an issue with your main sewer line. These are all reasons to call a professional plumber.
#5 Unexplained Puddles
Unexplained puddles of water on your grass or around your yard are a sign of a clog, most often caused by tree roots. Tree roots can cause a lot of damage to your plumbing, so if you suspect this contact your plumber right away.
Are you suspecting a clog? Contact Courtesy Plumbing today!