Drain Cleaning and Repairs

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Dealing with Clogged Drain Lines

Clogged drain lines are nasty yet a common problem with modern plumbing maintenance. Oil, grease, soap scum, food, hair, and other debris can all accumulate in your drain lines. When this happens, the diameter of your pipe decreases and the space through which water can flow is lessened. This results in slow drainage or bubbling. While many drain cleaners are available online and in stores, sometimes, they’re not effective enough to bust through the grime, and a professional plumber is needed. If that’s the case and you live in Asheville, NC, reach out to My Plumbers LLC. We are ready to take your call and tackle whatever is clogging your drains. 828-708-7107 is the number to dial.

What causes clogged drain lines?

In the bathroom, things like baby wipes, hair, feminine hygiene products, and an excess of toilet paper make up the bulk of clogs. Clogged drain lines manifest themselves as slow draining bathtubs, showers, and sinks. Bubbling toilets or toilets seeping water from beneath are also indicators of a clog.

In the kitchen, pouring fats down the drain can cause problems with drainage. Certain things like bacon grease and coconut oil are liquid when heated but solidify once they cool down. As these liquids cool and solidify, homeowners are left with a huge clump in their pipes that inhibits the flow of water. As these clumps begin decomposing, you may notice a foul stench coming up from your drain. Aside from fat, food scraps, even if you have a garbage disposal, can cause blockages. A simple strainer over the drain can go a long way in preventing clogged kitchen sinks.

Even tree roots can cause drain clogs. If a root finds a crack in your pipe, the root can work its way in. As it grows, the root can obstruct water flow and further damage your pipes. Clogged drain lines are quite common, and unclogging these lines is pretty straightforward. Some blockages can be cleared up using common household items (like baking soda and vinegar) or products like Drano. Other times, a simple snake tool can pull up whatever is causing a slow drain. However, in extreme instances, it may be necessary to call a professional.

How can I prevent clogged drain lines?

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and there are measures you can take to lessen the likelihood of clogged drain lines. For starters, make sure that your drains are covered. Whether in the shower or the kitchen sink, you need something that can catch rice, hair, and other debris. If you use a dishwasher, it’s important to scrape leftovers into the trash bin and rinse dishes before placing them in the dishwasher. Failing to do so can result in a clogged dishwasher drain line.

Furthermore, you can regularly cleanse your drain pipes by pouring boiling water down the drain a few times a month. The heated water can break up grease and scum clogs and help flush them out your pipes. You can also pour eight ounces of vinegar down the drain, let it sit for 30 minutes, and then pour two quarts of boiling water down the drain.

Treating Clogged Drains at Home

Many slow-draining pipes can be corrected at home. Straighten out a wire hanger, and bend one end into a hook. Slide the hooked end down the drain, and start fishing. Have a trash can nearby because you’ll likely pull up clumps of mushy hair covered with chunks of black filth. Ew.

If you’re seeking to clear a clogged toilet, a plunger can come in handy. Ensuring that the plunger bell is totally submerged, give a small plunge to remove all air out of the bell. After, a few more forceful plunges should be enough to get things flowing again. However, don’t get discouraged. About a dozen good plunges may be required to loosen up a hefty blockage. 

If you try these preventative and repair methods at home to no avail, reach out to the Asheville, NC, plumbing experts. We offer flat rate pricing, so there’s no guess work as to how much your bill will be. Call 828-708-7107 to get your drains up and flowing again.