Clogged pipes alter water pressure, cause drains to spill over, and ultimately obstruct the utilization of your water appliances. Knowing your pipes and some basic prevention methods can help keep your plumbing bills low and your pipes free-flowing. Here are some good prevention habits to consider, as well as some common clogged-drain scenarios.
Lint-Clog in Washing Machine Hose
A plumbing problem with the washing machine could be the result of lint backing up your drain hose. When this hose clogs, the washing machine usually overflows. You can check behind your washing machine to see if there are any water stains on the wall behind it, which is an indication of a previous overflow or hose obstruction. You can also install a lint catcher on the end of the drain hose to prevent an eventual backup.
Clogged Bathroom Drain
Drain clogs in the bathroom result mostly from hair binding to soap, and scumming up the insides of your pipes. If you have a clogged bathroom sink disturbing your daily routines, call a technician to come clean it out. The technician can open up the drain stopper, and use specific and technical machinery to clean out your pipes and keep them healthy, rather than flush the system with harsh chemicals.
If you treat your toilet like a wastebasket rather instead only flushing things that can break apart or dissolve, you will eventually run into a clogged system. Life gets busy, but it’s important to remember not to flush common hygienic care items, such as: feminine products, cotton balls, cotton swabs, floss, diaper wipes, diapers, or anything else that cannot break apart or dissolve easily. If the toilet becomes backed up, and a common house plunger is not useful, call a technician to come help. If it is overflowing, shut off the main water line, or the bathroom line if you know where it is located. If you are moving into a new home, be sure to inspect the toilet system flush beforehand, as it is could save you from costly repairs in the future.
Clogged Kitchen Sink
Kitchen pipe systems do not like grease, oil, or food particles that do not dissolve. Detergent that is thick with food remains can scum up the walls of your kitchen drain quite easily, so using hot water to provide the drain walls with relief is a general maintenance option. If you have a severe clog, don’t flush your delicate water systems with harsh chemicals. Call a technician to come have a look, and tweak those kitchen habits to keep all of your systems healthy, especially if you routinely cook with oil, or dump bacon or sausage grease down the drain.
If you are struggling to fix a recurring clog, then call the experts at the Pipe Medic. We have the tools and experience to make sure that the problem is finally solved. Call us today to see how we can help.