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Common Causes of Drain Clogs

Let’s face it, clogged drains are unavoidable. At least once in your life (probably more) you’ll run into a clogged drain dilemma. Once you go through one clogged drain, however, you’ll be able to prevent the same re-occurrence from happening.

Shower/Bath Clogs

Bathroom drains generally clog from dirt, hair and soap scum so it’s important to remove and clean the drain stopper. You can also remove the drain elbow joint and clean that out. It’s best if you regularly clean drain stoppers to prevent clogs before they occur.

Clogged Toilet

Clogged toilets happen when items are flushed that shouldn’t be, such as feminine hygiene products, paper towels, cotton balls, pre-moistened diaper wipes, etc. A plunger is the first step to unclogging the toilet. If that fails, a drain auger can be pushed two to five feet into the toilet’s drain pipe to retrieve items that might be blocking the pipe.

Kitchen Sink Drain

Kitchen sink drains happen much too frequently and it’s often because cooking grease and oil are poured down the drain. You can fix this by pouring hot water down the drain and just a smidge of dish detergent, followed by more hot water. Now use a plunger and repeat the process.

Try your best not to put grease or oil down the drain. Instead, let them solidify, put the mess into a plastic bag and then throw out in the trash. If your kitchen drain is constantly clogging, it’s time to have a professional plumber inspect the damage.

Clogged Sewer Line

In older homes, the sewer line is often clogged by tree roots. One of the main indicators is gurgling sounds coming from the toilet bowl. If the problem isn’t fixed immediately, your entire sewer line will be blocked.

Turn off the water at the source or the main if it is the main line clog. If you have access to the sewer cleanout line, you can simply remove the cleanout cap to adjust the pressure buildup.

Winters Home Services provides 24-hour, emergency drain repair services. Give us a call at (617) 977-3101 to get in touch with one of our expert plumbers in MA.