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What Causes Blocked Drains: Understanding How They Occur

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What Causes Blocked Drains: Understanding How They Occur

If you're like most people, you probably don't think about it until you notice indicators of trouble. There's nothing wrong with it, but life may be a lot easier and less chaotic if you pay attention to issues like that ahead of time. Understanding the causes can make it easier and faster to resolve the issue. It's useful to know what causes drains to clog and back up in the first place, and how to avoid it if feasible.

What is the function of a drain?

A drain system is a pipe that goes through a building and connects to the sewer system. In a commercial building, the drain connects to each sink, toilet, and washing machine.

The sink is connected to the drain line and sewer system via a trap and a pipeline. It's quite straightforward. Clogs, on the other hand, can cause problems in a variety of places (like in the pipes themselves, or the traps connecting the sink or toilet to the plumbing system for example).

What causes drains to clog?

Clogs are most commonly caused by accumulations in pipes and drains. Food from a kitchen sink, as well as hair and soap accumulation from a bathtub or bathroom sink, can cause this. When it comes to a toilet, too much toilet paper or anything that should not be flushed might block the drains.

What are the Indications of a clogged drain?

Here are some indications to check for if you're worried about a blockage:

A sink or bathtub that drains slowly.

The first indicator of an issue could be a slow drain. This occurs when the diameter of the pipe is constrained by a building layer of filth and soap, or when a pipeline obstruction occurs.

It has a foul odor.

A foul odor may occur before a slow drain, but it is an indicator of a problem. It could be due to a variety of factors, including rotten food in a kitchen sink or drain, or even a small mouse in another region of the drain and sewer system connections.

Blockages are frequently caused by flushing too much toilet paper or, more typically, flushing the wrong items (such as a small child's toy or female sanitary products). This is a dangerous situation since the item clogging the drain could harm the pipeline or cause damage to your bathroom as the water drains. If a plunger doesn't work, you should get your pipes and drain system inspected by a professional.

The drains that gurgle. 

The gurgling sound indicates that air is trapped in the pipes. Grease, food, and oil buildups in the drain could be the source of this. Food deposits aren't always easy to remove with a drain cleaner; in certain cases, a professional's high-powered instruments, such as a hydro-jetter, can improve the interior of the pipe while removing the blockage that's causing the issue. Another cause of gurgling in a drain could be sewage line damage. This is a far more dangerous problem than a clog, and it usually necessitates the services of a professional to safely resolve it. An obstruction in the vent pipe that connects to the drain pipe and goes to the roof to enable sewer gas to exit the system is another cause of gurgling noises in a drain. If these issues are not addressed, sewer backups into the drain system may occur.

Plants growing near your sewer line or water on your lawn

This is distinct from the other symptoms in that it occurs outside the home, whereas the others occur inside the home. If you've discovered a puddle in your lawn, call a professional to inspect the drain and take measures to clear the clog or damage from the sewage line. The root systems of trees and foliage growing near sewer lines can harm the sewer and water lines beneath, causing major problems.

Drains that are clogged can be more than a nuisance. For homeowners who pay attention and know what causes these issues, it’s possible to reduce the potential of a major drain clog that leads to a major plumbing issue.

Toilets that clog rather than flush.

You can be confident that your plumbing systems will be clean and functional whether you clean the drains yourself or hire a professional.

Affordable Plumbing North Adelaide is here to assist you in making the best decisions for your home's comfort. For any of your plumbing issues, give us a call right now!

Affordable Plumbing North Adelaide is a new plumbing service focusing on Northern Adelaide. I have spent over 12 years as a fully qualified plumber and have now started my own business. I can help you with any plumbing issues you may be having such as hot water installation and repairs, blocked drains, leaking taps and faucets, shower installation, toilet installation, and any emergency pipe repairs.

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