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What’s Clogging My Drain? 5 Possibilities

Drain BubblingOh no, not another drain clog! Even with the best precautions, you can’t avoid running into a drain clog in your house at some point. If you’re fortunate, all it will take to open up the drain is your own muscle-power behind a drain or toilet plunger. When you can’t fix the clog that way, leave the chemical “drain cleaners” alone and instead call a professional plumber for drain cleaning. This is the best way to not only unclog a drain, but to help keep the clog from coming back.

The Anatomy of a Drain Clog: 5 Culprits

There are many reasons for clogged or slow drains. You may even know specifically why your drain is clogged: an object was accidentally knocked down the drain. However, the majority of drain clogs come from problems with gradual build-up down in the drainpipes, and this is where drain cleaning is most helpful. Below are five common culprits behind drain clogs:

  • FOG: An acronym for fats, oils, and grease, FOG is a huge problem for kitchen drains. People often assume they’re harmless to pour down drains because they are liquid when hot. They don’t stay liquid for long, however, and when they turn into waxy substances that adhere to drainpipe walls they can become major sources of clogs. 
  • Hair: Clots of hair are big trouble for shower drains as well as bathroom drains. We recommend putting strainers into the drains in the bathroom to help keep as much hair as possible out of them, but you may still encounter hair clots in the future. The clots continue to collect more hair and can become full obstructions. Professional drain cleaning is the best way to get rid of this. 
  • Soap scum: When soap doesn’t fully dissolve in water, it leaves behind scale, a.k.a. soap scum. If you’ve ever tried to scrape soap scum off a surface in your shower, you’ll know it doesn’t come off easily. Now imagine this building up inside your drains! Soap scum can do more damage than clog a drain; it can create chemical reactions that corrode piping. Full hydro-jetting can get rid of soap scum problems.
  • Mineral deposits: If your home has issues with hard water (high mineral content), then the limescale deposits it leaves behind will eventually create slow drains and clogs. We recommend both drain cleaning and installing a water softener to deal with this problem—hard water affects the plumbing throughout your house and can ruin appliances like dishwashers and water heaters.  
  • Sewer line issues: If you have clogs in more than more drain at a time, the issue is likely down deeper in the drainage and sewer system for your home. Please call for a plumber right away before you face even larger problems with your household plumbing. 

We offer drain cleaning in Las Vegas, NV to take care of your drain clogs, and we can help out if you have more serious drainage issues as well, including service for your sewer line to repair or even replace it.

Get in touch with The Sunny Plumber Las Vegas for drain cleaning and other plumbing solutions. Bright and Shiny and won’t show our Hiney.

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