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Dealing with clogged drains: tips and tricks from expert plumbers

Do you have a slow-draining sink, a backed-up shower or a toilet that refuses to flush? Clogged drains are more than an inconvenience; they can lead to water damage and costly repairs. Here are some valuable insights from expert plumbers about why drains get clogged and how to prevent them from happening in the first place.



A professional plumber dealing with clogged drains in the kitchen


What causes a clogged drain?

Here’s a look at the most common culprits behind clogged drains:


· Hair is a significant contributor to clogged drains in the bathroom. Over time, hair can accumulate in the pipes and entangle with other debris, creating a stubborn blockage.


· Soap scum is another culprit in shower and bathtub drains. Soap contains fats and oils that, over time, create a sticky residue that accumulates on the inner walls of the pipes, reducing water flow.


· Grease and food debris are common causes of kitchen drain clogs. When poured down the sink, it can congeal and solidify, blocking your pipes.


· Foreign objects, such as small toys or jewelry, can end up in drains and get wedged inside the pipes, slowing water flow. They may then attract other forms of debris.


Understanding these root causes can help prevent future blockages.


DIY solutions

Did you know that minor clogs can often be cleared with DIY methods? Here are a few to consider:


· A plunger creates a seal around the drain opening. The resulting air pressure dislodges or pushes the blockage further down the pipe.

· A drain snake or auger is a coiled wire or cable that can be inserted into the drain to physically break up or remove the clog.


· Baking soda and vinegar make an eco-friendly chemical reaction, generating bubbles and fizz that can help break down organic clogs.


Remember to take safety precautions. Wear gloves and always follow manufacturer instructions when using tools and chemicals.


Expert tips and tricks

To prevent clogs and backups, expert plumbers recommend regularly cleaning debris from drain covers and traps and using hair catchers and drain screens. They also warn against pouring grease down the drain. Most importantly, regularly scheduled professional maintenance can catch issues promptly and ensure optimal drainage. The Drain DoctorTM offers FREE preventative maintenance services to ensure your drainage flows freely.


When should you call a professional?

While DIY methods are effective for minor clogs, more serious issues require professional attention. Common signs of a more significant problem include multiple clogs occurring simultaneously, gurgling noises coming from your drains and foul odours emanating from your plumbing. In these situations, it’s best to call a professional to avoid exacerbating the problem and causing further damage.


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If you’re dealing with a clogged drain, call The Drain DoctorTM today. We offer commercial and residential plumbing services to customers in Calgary. Our fleet of vehicles is at the ready to meet all your needs. Contact us today for more information about our services or to request an estimate.

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