There’s no doubt that one of the most annoying things for homeowners to deal with is when a plumbing fixture or sink in the home isn’t draining as it should. You might be simply brushing your teeth when suddenly you have to deal with a backed up sink. Or perhaps you’re taking a morning shower when suddenly it looks like you’re drawing a bath instead.
You’d probably like a quick fix, and we get it! But this isn’t always the best idea. Keep reading to learn more about how to not only prevent drain clogs from forming in the first place, but also what do when drain clogs do happen.
The Most Common Sink Drain Clogs
First off, it’s helpful to know what types of things most commonly clog up sink drains. When it comes to your bathroom, hair is an extremely common culprit for not only the sink, but also the bathtub drain. And too much toilet paper can clog up your toilet as well, which is a whole other story.
In the kitchen, FOG is a common culprit. This stands for fats, oils, and grease. FOG hardens as it cools, so if you pour these cooking byproducts down the drain, it will all slowly accumulate within your sink drain, until it forms a stubborn clog.
Preventing these particular drain clogs are fairly simple. For hair in the bathroom, the best thing you can do is use a drain cover that allows the water to drain but catches things like hair and even soap scum particles that can also block up the drain. For your kitchen sink, try collecting FOG in a disposable container. Once it cools and hardens, throw it away rather than putting it down your sink.
What If a Drain Clog Already Happened?
The problem here is twofold—first, you want to resolve the clog. Second, you want to make sure it never happens again, right? Well, we can tell you what won’t help resolve the clog—store-bought chemical drain cleaners.
Unfortunately, these drain cleaning “solutions” are caustic, and will actually eat away at your pipes, leading to the need for repiping soon enough. Additionally, even though these drain cleaners do dissolve some clogs—like hair—they don’t do much to prevent clogs from just building back up. For this you may need one or more of these following professional grade tools and services, used by a trained and experienced plumber:
- Video Pipe Inspection: This service allows our plumbers to get a close look at the clog to determine what we’re dealing with and what the best course of action will be to not only remove the clog but also minimize pipe damage.
- Motorized Drain Auger: These tools are motorized, as the name implies, and this enables them to reach further down into the pipes than store-bought tools in order to break up tougher clogs with auger attachments, like a rotating blade.
- Hydro-Jetting: This involves the use of a long, thin hose to blast water into the pipes and clear clogs, as well as debris and greasy residue, for a lasting clean.