Understanding the Causes behind Clogged Drains

Nothing brings your home to a standstill like a clogged drain. Fortunately, a 24/7 plumber service in Johns Creek can get your drains (and home) running smoothly again. But, you may be able to avoid the hassle of clogged drains by understanding what could be causing the clogs in the first place. Here are 3 of the most common causes of backed-up drains and what you can do when they’re clogged.

Buildup in Pipes

One of the most common causes of clogged drains is buildup inside the pipes. As soap, shampoo, conditioner, and other products drain through the pipes, it can begin to collect on the outside of the pipes. The buildup becomes thicker as skin flakes, hair, toilet paper, and dirt sticks to the soap scum. Eventually, the buildup can become so thick that the pipes can be completely blocked. This also happens with grease that’s flushed out of the dishwasher and kitchen sink. Unfortunately, chemical drain cleaners can actually do more damage to the pipes, so the best way to avoid this type of clog is with a drain guard to catch hair and to flush less grease down the sink. These clogs can easily be cleaned using a snake and the pipes can be cleaned with hydro jetting, which is something a plumbing service in Johns Creek can provide.

Tree Roots

Another common culprit for clogged drains is tree roots. Tree roots often grow into sewer lines because they’re attracted to the abundant water as well as nutrients found in and around the sewage line, especially if it’s already damaged. Older homes are more susceptible to clogs from tree roots since the pipes are often made of clay or concrete. Additionally, the roots can actually crush the pipes after time. Even newer sewer lines are susceptible to clogs from tree roots, but plumbers often offer a service that can break up the roots inside your sewer line. There are “sewer safe” trees and shrubs less likely to damage your sewer line or you can use growth inhibitors near the sewer line to help prevent roots from growing into the line.

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Sewer Line Construction Issues

In some cases the construction materials or installation of the sewer line can cause issues that result in frequent drain clogs. Older pipes were installed in 3 foot sections, which means that over time, the ground shifts which moves the pipes and makes it difficult for the sewage to flow properly. In newer systems, the ground may settle enough to cause a dip in the line which makes it easier for soap scum and grease to build on the pipe walls and eventually cause a clog. A thorough plumbing inspection can determine if this is the cause of drain clogs and then the plumber can recommend a course of action to address it.