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What Causes Clogged Drains & How to Avoid Them

Drain clogs are one of the most common, frequently-encountered, and agitating of all plumbing problems. They’re time-consuming, they’re icky, and they’re potentially quite harmful to your home plumbing. Better to avoid them completely, right? Today the team at HVAC & Plumbing Unlimited is here to talk clogs—how they happen, how to avoid them, and how to remedy them once they’ve cropped up!

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How Do Clogs Happen?

At base, a clog is little more than just something in the way of your drain. But what can clog a system and what most commonly does changes a bit depending on what kind of drain we’re talking about. Showers, for example, see entirely different traffic than a kitchen sink. So let’s take it one by one, shall we?

Shower Clogs

Showers most typically are all going to see the same kinds of debris and matter that may clog them up, including:

  • Hair. Hair clogging a shower drain has to be one of the most common small-scale plumbing problems out there, and unfortunately in many ways it’s kind of just an eventuality. However, there are a few good steps to take in order to avoid this. Drain protectors have seen some success, for one, just make sure you’re buying a quality product.
  • Soap accumulation. Another eventuality, as nearly any soap will eventually lead to some measure of accumulation in drains (through liquid soaps tend to accumulate less than bars). You can avoid the risk somewhat by routinely cleaning your drains with a mild cleaning agent—avoid commercial drain cleaners!
  • Mineral deposits. Sort of the same deal as the soap. Your best bet here is to use a water softening system.

Sink Clogs

More specifically kitchen sinks—we’ll leave bathroom ones alone since their problems typically mirror showers:

  • Food oils and fats. As a rule, avoid placing anything in your kitchen drains that will congeal when it cools. Oils, fats, grease—these all cake up in your drains, not only leading to clogs, but also leading to foul odors building in pipes.
  • Debris and trash. Large food particles, rinds, paper even. We’ve seen a lot of stuff go into kitchen drains, and we only have one thing to say about it. Get a disposal!
  • Hard water and soaps. Similar deal to the ones mentioned about the shower. It can be an eventuality, but treating your drains consistently, or better yet, seeking drain cleaning can help to mitigate the issue.

Drain Cleaning: Your Best Friend in Avoiding Clogs

Following smart practices and equipping your home with the right tools can go a long way, but you might note that we used the term “eventuality” a lot in this post. It’s a shame, but it’s true, too! That’s why drain cleaning can be a vital preventative measure.

It keeps your drains clean, clear, and free of debris. This avoids a ton of huge plumbing problems that are common to Northern Virginia homes, helping you avoid the constant agitation of clogs, and the eventual cost of plumbing repair!

Drain Repair & Cleaning Services in Northern Virginia

Dealing with drains can be a real headache, but to the team at HVAC & Plumbing Unlimited it’s just one more way to provide you with the service and superior solutions you deserve! When you’ve got a plumbing problem in your home, we’ve got the solution, and we’re more than happy to provide. Contact us today to set a date for your plumbing service!

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