What to Do About Clogged Pipes

What to Do About Clogged Pipes

Your pipes live in your walls, and since you don’t see them, most days, you probably don’t even think about them. However, if those pipes clog, they present a very big problem.

Clogged Pipes 

Clogged pipes are a very common household issue. Bathroom and kitchen sinks, bathtubs, and even toilets, can all get clogged from time to time. As buildup develops in your pipes, you may notice it takes longer than it used to for sinks and bathtubs to drain. Eventually, you may even have standing water that won’t drain at all. To prevent this from happening, you may want to implement some new household routines.

Prevent Clogging

Pay attention to what’s going into your sinks and then running down your drains. Grease builds up, backs up, and will clog a drain. When you regularly combine your frying pan drippings along with food bits, the drain in your kitchen sink is going to become clogged. Before washing your dishes in the sink or putting them in the dishwasher, first scoop any remaining food into a garbage can.

Also, take into consideration your hair washing routine. Of course, it’s natural to lose some hair while showering, but hair can also clog a drain. You can help prevent that from happening simply by using a small trap to catch your hair before it has a chance to be washed down the drain. These traps can be used in bathtubs, showers, and bathroom sinks too.

How to Unclog a Drain

If your pipe does get clogged, a bottle of liquid drain cleaner may seem quick and easy. But be careful as these products, especially if they are used too frequently, can potentially damage your pipes. Instead, it might be a better idea to purchase a small plumbing tool designed to manually remove small materials blocking a drain. Known as an “auger wand,” these tools are available in most hardware stores. And sometimes, the best idea is to get in touch with a professional from Birmingham Plumbing, Heating & Cooling!