How does it start?
A clogged drain usually doesn't happen overnight. You'll notice it start draining slowly. Water might sit in the kitchen sink for a few minutes, or the water might reach your ankles in the shower, and it will eventually go down. Until one day, it doesn't. The most common causes of clogged drains are food, hair, "flushable" wipes, and grease. Sometimes, the drain can be cleared with a plunger or some hot water and vinegar (we never recommend chemical drain cleaners!) Other times, it's time to call a local plumber for a professional plumbing repair.
Clogged drain repair in Andover CT
Below is a picture of a kitchen sink drain pipe. Years of pouring grease and fat down the sink finally created a clog that needed to be cut out and re-piped. It is important to dump grease, fat, and food into the trash can to avoid a clogged drain. We do not recommend chemical drain cleaners because they can do damage to your pipes and cause a bigger problem.
How to avoid a clogged drain
- Dump grease, fat, and food in the trash.
- Put hair traps on your tub drains. They are inexpensive and found at your local hardware store.
- Do not use "flushable" wipes - they do NOT break down as advertised.
- Use a routine drain treatment. This is NOT the same as a chemical drain cleaner. A treatment is a preventative measure. We recommend BioClean. It's chemical-free and safe for your septic system. It's made up of enzymes that eat away at the sludge build-up in your pipes. One canister has up to 100 drain treatments in it and it's much less expensive than an emergency plumbing repair bill.
Your local Andover CT plumber
Rapid Service LLC provides professional clogged drain cleaning service for your toilet, tub, shower, kitchen sink, bathroom sink, and washing machine. We also provide main drain line and septic drain line emergency plumbing service to Andover CT and its surrounding towns. Please follow us on Facebook to receive more plumbing tips.