Common Causes of Drain Clogs

Drain clogs are the most persistent and common of plumbing hassles: everyone has run into a drain clog in a home at some point. Although a few simple clogs you can clear away with a basic sink plunger, most require the work of licensed, trained plumbers to eliminate them. (Never resort to chemical drain cleaners; they can damage the interior of your pipes.) For fast service that will clear up you drains as soon as possible, rely on the trusted name of Larry & Sons, Inc. With more than 50 years of service to the local community, we are the people to call to help clean your drain in Middletown, MD.

Many different issues in plumbing can lead to rain blockage. Here are a few of the more common ones:

Liquid F.O.G. (Fat-Oil-Grease)

One of the biggest enemies of drains, especially in the kitchen, is liquid fat, oil, and grease. Although these may seem innocuous going down a drain in liquid form, they will all turn into waxy solids when they cool down and begin to coat the inside of drainpipes. Eventually, this coating will not only lead to clogging, but it will close the volume of a pipe enough to cause a spike in water pressure that will lead to leaks and other damage to plumbing. You can keep extra F.O.G. from your drains by always pouring the excess from cooking into a receptacle for the trash. However, you can’t keep all of it from entering the drains, and eventually you may need full drain cleaning to eliminate the build-up.

Hair and soap scum

This source of drain blockage is common in bathroom sinks and showers. You can prevent excess hair from going down the drain with drain covers, but avoiding soap scum can be more difficult.

Hard water deposits

If the water entering your house’s plumbing contains high levels of calcium and magnesium—i.e. “hard water”—it will begin to leave deposits inside the pipes that will start to accumulate to the point that your water pressure will increase and clogs will become frequent. If hard water is the source of your drainage problems, you should probably have a water softener installed in your plumbing.

Sewer line or septic tank damage

This is very much a worst case scenario, but it is also a common one. If your home’s pipeline to the municipal sewer system suffers from breaks or blockage, it will cause wastewater to begin to back up into your drains and lead to clogs. If you have a septic tank instead of a connection to a municipal sewer system, problems in the tank can lead to the same set of drain clogs. If the clogging you experience is happening around the house, and is accompanied by foul odors, call for professional plumbers immediately before sewage flooding starts in the basement or foundations of your home.

Regardless of what trouble has closed your drains in Middletown, MD, you can have it eliminated with the services of Larry & Sons, Inc. We handle jobs small and large, from a single drain clog to repairing and installing a new septic tank.