The culprits of a clogged drain
While in most cases clogging happens gradually, sometimes it can happen very quickly and knowing the cause of clogs is necessary as it’ll help you know how to avoid them.
In the kitchen, the biggest causes of clogs are the seemingly harmless cooking oils and the resultant greases. While these substances are liquid when you release them down the sink, they’ll harden when they reach the piping system and will easily create a clog.
Food particles, especially those from starchy foods should never be released into the sink because what happens is that they soak plenty of water and could expand immensely and eventually create a clog.
In the toilet, only toilet paper should be released into the toilet bowl. You should especially be careful not to release sanitary wipes here. Even though wipes might appear flushable, it is important to note that they do not dissolve as toilet paper does and could easily cause a clog.
The dos and don’ts
A clogged drain can be a source of much pressure and some people who do not have pro plumbing knowledge try some quick fixes. Such people usually rely on advice from online sources which are not always reliable. Some people will therefore apply chemical solutions in the affected areas. This kind of solution is only temporary as it will simply create holes in the debris to allow water to flow. Chemical solutions do not get rid of the debris completely and, in most cases, the chemicals used are capable of damaging pipes.
The ideal way to deal with clogged drains is to get your entire plumbing system professionally inspected. Pros have the tools to pinpoint problems with accuracy. At the least, you should endeavor to get your drain system professionally cleaned once every two years. Any clogged drain should also be attended to by pros.