A blocked drain is a common and annoying problem experienced at some stage in many Greenville area homes and businesses. There are multiple reasons that drains will clog and often only the symptom of the blocked drain is treated and not the cause of the clog.
The most common causes of blocked drains are:
Improper pipe installation
Because many home and business owners choose to fix drain blocks themselves poorly installed plumbing and drainage pipes are becoming more common. If installed incorrectly pipes may collapse or be become misaligned. It is important to ensure the proper pipes are used in any plumbing job. A complete knowledge of the pipework involved in the repair is vital. Incorrect installation can cause damage to not only the plumbing in your home or business but can also damage surrounding cabinetry, floors, and more. This damage will incur more cost than what it would have cost to call a licensed and experienced Greenville plumber.
Problems with water flow
Failure to properly install pipes can cause inadequate water flow. When this happens debris can build up and in time result in recurring drain blockage. Drain clogs can build up over time. Gurgling sounds when you flush a toilet, slow water drainage in sinks and baths draining slowly, or bad odors coming from sinks and drains are signs that a clog is forming in the pipes.
Debris and Foreign objects
One of the most common causes of blocked drains happens when hair, soaps, food build up, or other foreign objects get caught between the drainpipe and the pipes that flow underneath. A full drain block may not occur right away when debris enters the drain. It may build up over time as debris or other materials continues to collect which will slow the flow of water and lead to a full drain blockage. Toilet paper and sanitary items commonly cause toilets to be blocked up. However it is not uncommon for children to flush objects such as toys and other objects down the toilet which can also cause a blockage.
After heavy storms outside drains can become blocked. things such as leaves, dirt and other matter that can build up and block outdoor drains. If uncleared outside drains can cause damage to property.
Tree Roots and Broken pipes
Broken pipes are also a cause of blocked drains. When a pipe breaks the water cannot flow properly and if the pipe collapses the drain can be blocked. Broken pipes are caused by poor installation, age and tree roots. Tree roots are the most concerning of all as they can cause a lot of damage underground and involve additional troubleshooting in order to find where the problem is occurring. Repairing underground pipes is more costly than any repairing indoor pipes as it is often difficult to access the problem area.
If you have recurring clogs in your drains or clogs you cannot seem to clear with a plunger. Call your friendly neighborhood Greenville plumbers at KT Plumbing – (864) 663-6105. Using a professional plumbing service will ensure the job is done correctly and will also save you money in the long run.