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5 Common Culprits of Slow Drains

technician-in-doorWhat’s the most common problem that most homeowners encounter with their plumbing systems? Probably slow-moving drains. Just because something is pretty common doesn’t mean that you just have to embrace it, though. Remember, slow-moving drains are going to become non-moving drains if you give the issue a chance to get worse. And when drains really get clogged up, you’ve got a potentially major problem on your hands.

And don’t just shrug it off as an inevitable part of using a plumbing system. Sure, there is no way to completely eliminate the risk of problems developing with your plumbing and drainage system. But that does not change the fact that a lot of these problems are due at least in part to human error. And, if nothing else, remember that contacting a Sunny Plumber at the very first sign of trouble is the best way to minimize any serious risks.

1. Hair

When it comes to bathroom plumbing, hair is without question the most common cause of clogs. Showering and washing your hair, shaving in the bathroom sink—there is a lot of opportunity for this situation to develop. You have to take precautions.

We recommend that you brush out your hair before you hop into the shower. We also suggest that you refrain from rinsing whiskers down the sink. Instead, wipe them out with a paper towel or some toilet paper, and toss it all in the trash.

2. Food Particles

This is a kitchen plumbing problem, obvioulsy. And it has a simple solution. Stop just dumping plates into the sink when  you’re done eating! You should have drain covers in place, but you should also scrape food into the compost or garbage first, anyway.

Drain covers should be usesd in showers, too, but the kitchen, where scraps so often wind up dropping down the drain, is really where they make their mark. And if you’re about to say well, I have a garbage disposal, there are limits there, too!

3. FOG

FOG stands for fat, oil, and grease. And fat, oil, and grease are liquids when they’re hot. And that’s what makes people think it’s okay to dump them down the drain. If you have a garbage disposal, then you can put food scraps down.

But even with a disposal in place, you need to keep FOG out. Why? Because it cools down and congeals. And when that happens, clogs are going to develop fast! Freeze FOG and throw it in the garbage to avoid such problems.

4. Mineral Deposits

If you have hard water in your home, and you’re not treating it, that water can leave deposits in drain lines that can wind up causing major clogs. It may not be your fault that you have hard water,  but it would be your fault to ignore the problem!

We install and service great water softeners. Ask us about your options to eliminate the problems caused by hard wtaer.

5. Tree Roots

Okay, we’ll keep this last one quick. Tree roots. Yes, reallly. They can break into pipes.

When planting new vegetation, keep your sewer line in mind! Plant them right above that line, and you are just asking for trouble.

Schedule your drain and sewer services in Corona, CA, with The Sunny Plumber SoCal. Bright and Shiny and Won’t Show Our Hiney.


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