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How Do Drain Clogs Form?

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Experiencing a drain clog is no fun and many people wonder how these clogs are created. It is not just a single thing causing such clogs, but a build-up over time that interferes with water flow. Lots of times people buy declogger from a home improvement store and don't think about the long-term consequences of self-repair. If you are in need of drain cleaning services, we can help you fix the problem permanently.

Drain cleaning in Covina CA is our expertise. The Drain Doctor offers drain snaking and we are the premier drain cleaning company in the area. If you're noticing slow-flowing water, let us come out and take a look at your clogged drain, recommending specific services for your individual needs.

The top issues resulting in drain clogs are fairly common. The worst offender is hair. Hair takes up space and binds with other materials as water flows out of the pipe, thus creating a serious clog. Other offenders include bits of soap, clumps of dirt, small toys, as well as toilet paper build-up when the clog forms in a toilet. Hair will then bind to other items being washed down the drain, thereby increasing the size of the resulting clog.

Likewise, in toilet clogs, many people tend to use flushable wipes and then try to flush more than a single wipe at a time. This is a big reason toilet get clogged. Never flush more than a single flushable wipe per flush. Feminine sanitary products may also be responsible for some of the clogging issues in a septic and toilet system. Many women believe that, since most tampons are biodegradable, they are safe to flush. However, that is incorrect. Tampons are made to hold together when they are wet, which means that continually flushing them after use will eventually create a serious risk of toilet clogging. The safest way to dispose of any feminine hygiene product is by throwing it safely away into a waste receptacle.

If your clog is occurring within the kitchen pipes, it is very possible that the clog is forming due to food stuck within the pipes. Other kitchen clogs result from people pouring grease down the drain, thinking it will break up if rinsed properly. This simply isn't true. These oils and grease will ultimately congeal and create a solid mass that will interrupt the proper flow of water in the drain pipe. Always dispose of grease and oil in another, safer manner. Even if you pour out the grease, followed by soap and water, the oil will at a later time form a solid again, once it has cooled down farther down the pipe.

Worst Clogging Offenders:

  • Hair
  • Toilet paper
  • Bits of soap
  • Lime, calcium, and rust build-up
  • Sanitary products
  • Flushable wipes
  • Food
  • Toys
  • Grease
  • Broken pipes

If a clog has you concerned, our drain cleaning in Covina CA is the first call you should make to get things running smoothly within your plumbing. We will assess the situation and give you an honest accounting of how best to fix the issues. We are hard-working and look forward to serving you. Call us now or fill out our online form to schedule an appointment.

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