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Here’s Why Your Drain Is Clogging (& What To Do)

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Chances are, you’re probably one in over one million people who has called for plumbing services in the past year. Whether you’ve had a leak, a burst pipe, or a clogged drain. . . there’s something bound to go wrong in any home. But, you can proactively avoid issues by learning what to do and how to solve problems when they arise. Here are some reasons why your drain is clogging (and how to fix it!).

Issue #1: Clogged Sewage Line

A clogged sewer line is usually the most common reason water is backing up into your tub or bathroom. More often than not, this clog is due to hair or other shower debris. Sometimes, though, it may be due to a clog in another part of the house. However, because the plumbing connections are built as one underground system, a clog in one area can impact other pipes. This means that the specific shower drain that keeps bringing water back up is connected to any of those secondary branches.

Therefore, without an immediate sewer line repair, you will continue to experience the problem. You can DIY this yourself by getting hair out of the drain; or, you may want to contact a plumbing expert to help you. 

Issue #2: Aging Sewage System

The older your pipes, the more likely you will experience water backing up from the drain. Blockages and failed mechanisms are two main things that plague aging plumbing systems. This is because the internal components probably have mineral deposits narrowing the water’s pathway. Some liquids may even leak and find their way into other parts of the house or the yard.

The problem with aging sewage systems usually stems from the first installation. As expected, the technology that existed two or more decades ago is different from what is available today. Modern plumbing technology ensures that materials used in sewage systems are more resistant to mineral deposits. Unfortunately, an aging sewage system may lack this robust nature and the ability to withstand water pressure. Ultimately, water begins to back up in places you wished it did not and you need to address this immediately!

Issue #3: Issue With Multipurpose Pipes

In some homes, the plumbing systems can be even more complex than expected. This is particularly true about multipurpose pipes as they are designed to play more than one role. Apart from carrying water from your home into the underground sewer, these pipes also handle stormwater. Sometimes they are built to deal with raw sewage from rainstorms, too! With this in mind, it’s smart to check with a plumber to avoid plumbing mistakes and resolve issues as soon as they arise.

Overall, plumbing doesn’t have to be complicated. It is possible to understand why your drain is clogging (and how to fix it) both now, and in the future.

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