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Why Does a Drain Clog? 

 

Greenwood PlumberHow Can I Keep This From Happening?

Anyone who has experienced a drain clog knows that it can be a devastating situation. Not only are drain clogs an annoyance and a hassle, but they can potentially be extremely costly as they can damage much of the house.

Knowing why drains clog and how to prevent them is the key to avoiding this potentially expensive disaster. Luckily, with a little bit of knowledge and prevention, it is possible to keep drains clean and functioning.

Why Do Drains Clog?

The first step in preventing a drain clogging is to understand why drain's clog in the first place. Typically, drains are either made out of plastic PVC pipe or stronger metal piping.

Both of these types of pipes are susceptible to clogging. One of the most common ways a drain gets clogged is when a foreign object that is not supposed to be in the drain gets lodged in the piping.

This can be anywhere from a toy, to human hair. Typically, an object will get caught in the corner of a pipe and will start to collect sediment and other solids that pass by it. This restricts the flow of water, and over time it can actually block the pipe entirely.

Another common way in which many drains get clogged is through human and animal hair. Though people may not notice, people frequently shed their hair when taking a shower.

Though a single strand of hair is unlikely to cause a drain clogging, over time the hair can collect and, just like solid objects, you can attract other solids and grime. Those who bathe their animals in the bathtub will have a similar problem.

How to Prevent Drains from Clogging.

Drain CleaningAn ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure and when it comes to pipes and plumbing, this is especially true. One of the best ways to prevent a drain from clogging is to make sure that no foreign objects can get lodged down in the drain.

There are many different products out there that will help you prevent objects from falling into the drain. A mesh wiring over an open drain is a great way to prevent any large objects from falling in.

In order to have the drain stop clogging, some people realize that they need to change their behavior. This includes bathing animals in the bathtub. Though it may be easy, this is large contributing factor to clogged drains.

Is your Drain clogged in your Greenwood home? Pick up the phone and Call Johnson Heating & Cooling at (317) 881-7738 now, and get the quality plumbing services you deserve.