Why Do My Drains Keep Clogging?
Are you dealing with one toilet clog after another? Or is your kitchen sink drain clogging more often than it should be?
A clogged drain is never convenient!
You want to keep all of your Birmingham home’s plumbing equipment in good shape for your comfort, convenience, health, and safety.
Our Western Sales and Services professionals place great emphasis on your well-being. We offer trusted plumbing installation, replacement, repair, and maintenance services to residents throughout Alabama.
Whether you’re dealing with a clogged drain, burst pipe, or sewer line problem, our plumbing professionals are here for you. We can take care of any plumbing problem or concern and work hard to help prevent issues from occurring in the first place. Give us a call!
What Causes Clogged Drains?
One of the most common causes of a kitchen drain clog is too much food getting stuck in your drain. Avoid pouring oil, coffee grounds, bones, eggshells, and other tough foods (or non-food items like paint) to reduce the likelihood of a clog.
Flushing foreign objects and other non-flushable items down the toilet can also result in a clog.
Avoid flushing wipes, feminine hygiene products, cotton swabs, and other paper items into your plumbing system, even if the labeling claims they are flushable.
Upgrading your toilet can reduce the chances of a clog—and help you save money too. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports the average homeowner could save about $140 per year by replacing an outdated toilet with a more water-efficient model.
The bathtub and shower drain often clogs due to a buildup of dirt, soap scum, and hair.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association (AAD), the average person sheds approximately 50 to 100 strands of hair a day. Imagine how much of this ends up in your tub or shower—it’s no wonder why your drain gets clogged!
How to Prevent Drain Clogs
If your drains keep clogging regularly, there are some actions you can take, such as:
- Be careful about what goes down the drain: Try to be conscious of everything from the products you use in the shower to the amount of food left on your dishes when you place them in the sink. This should reduce the buildup and number of drain clogs in your home.
- Regularly clean your drains. Scrub your bathtub and shower floors and drains. If you have a garbage disposal, use it correctly and according to the manual’s instructions. Wash your kitchen sink and drains routinely. Remove any accumulation of food, debris, and scum caught in and around your kitchen sink strainer or stopper.
- Schedule routine professional plumbing maintenance: Keeping your plumbing appliances and fixtures in top condition includes scheduling regular maintenance visits. Our Western Sales and Services professionals can inspect all of your plumbing components. If we uncover any problems, we will inform you and offer a solution to restore your plumbing in no time.
Frequently clogged drains also may indicate another issue with your home’s plumbing system. If you are concerned about an issue with your main sewer line or need our professionals to inspect and unclog your drains, we are here to offer our support and assistance. Give our experts a call! We are happy to help.