Common Types of Costly Clogs and How to Avoid Them

There is nothing worse than discovering one of your drains has become clogged, especially in the bathroom. This can completely throw your morning routine out of whack and prevent you from getting ready for work in the way you are accustomed to. However, clogged drains are not limited to just the bathroom and can happen anywhere inside of the house.

The most frequent culprit for clogging up your bathroom sink is hair. Whether it is the whiskers shaved in the morning or hair being washed in the shower, all of that excess hair can add up to some serious drain blockage. When the water is not flowing down the drain and is filling the basin it is time to call a professional.

Kitchen clogs are a beast of their own, which is why homeowners needs to be careful with what they are putting down the sink. Even if you have a garbage disposal, breaking up food is necessary to avoid an obstruction. Never put grease down the drain under any circumstances, as it will harden in the pipes and be very difficult to remove on your own.

When it comes to outdoor sewage lines and unexplained blockages, chances are it is the result of tree roots infiltrating your system. This can quickly do major damage to your plumbing, so you will need to call in a professional right away if you suspect this to be the case. Septic systems and pipes are not equipped to handle this kind of blockage.

There are two major kinds of clogs all homeowners need to be on the lookout for and deal with when the problem arises – clogged drains, and a main line clog.

Clogged drain: A clogged drain can happen anywhere. This type of clog is usually material stuck in one particular pipe, meaning all other drains will work except the one affected.

Main Line Clog: This type of clog goes all the way to the street and will usually start at your lowest fixture. For example, if you have a washing machine in your basement, the washing machine will be clogged and then the clog will back up into your washing machine and overflow. This sort of clog is very serious and can make an incredible mess.

If you are having problems with your plumbing, you will want to have a professional deal with it as soon as possible. To make an appointment with Mark Tango Plumbing, contact us online or over the phone at (781) 944-8043.

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