Flushing a blocked drain with baking soda is one of the many home remedies for potable water and sewage problems. A drain is the primary transport or channel for toxic waste or water to be diverted, either to an egress channel, into a sewer or funnelled to a waste receptacle. When this waste reaches a drain, the solid and liquid sludge tends to become stuck in the drain trap resulting in a slow draining problem. This can cause unpleasant odours in the household as well as serious damage to the pipes.
Causes and Solutions
A blocked drain can easily be plugged with food, grease, hair, and hair products. Once the trapped solids become stuck in the pipes, they can harden, crack, and break up, causing water flow delays and problems with toilet and sink traps. In many cases, these broken pipes can cause sewage backups in the house which can spread dangerous bacteria and viruses. A slow water flow can cause collapsed pipes, leaking faucets, and leaking pipes.
A blocked drain that is caused by hair usually solves itself over time. Shampoo, hair gel, and other products can build-up in the trap and cause a clog when standing water tries to free them. To solve the problem, gently scrape the blocked drain or pipe with a nail or other pointed object until the block is removed. Be sure not to scrape too hard as you could break the surrounding pipe insulation or repair shingles on the roof. You might also want to try using a hairdryer on the blocked drain to get some of the water out and see if that does the trick. If not, consider renting a plumber to try one of the following solutions.
A blocked drain can be caused by accumulated debris such as hair, dander, and dirt. To remove any of these debris clogs, use a plunger or strainer to clear the drain. To clean out the pipes, call us and have them cleaned. The pipes will have to be shut off and the drain exposed to air to remove all traces of the debris inside.
Another common cause of blocked drains is excess grease buildup in the pipes that can be caused by oils from hair products or body lotions being spilled onto the toilet paper during a shower. This causes the grease to harden and solidify in the pipes, slowing down water flow and causing blocked drains. This is also why you often see “gunk” in the trap of your sinks. Plumbing companies can usually clean these out for you or recommend a commercial cleaner for your sinks, tubs, and showers.
Cleaning and Fixing
Some people are more at risk for drains blocking than others are. Unattended, older homes are often more susceptible to this problem than newer houses because drainage can be a harder issue to resolve in older homes. Blocked drains can be especially frustrating if you have a pet and young children that can’t be supervised while you clean or otherwise deal with the problem.
Cleaning and fixing blocked drains don’t have to be a complicated or expensive project. Using a plunger and some elbow grease you can get rid of this common plumbing issue for good. If you are calling a plumber to come out and help you fix the drainage system, don’t leave things to chance. Hire a pro and you can be back in business in no time.
Some common causes of blocked drains include poor plumber skills (e.g., failing to read instructions), heavy rain, grease buildup, tree roots, root rot, and more. Heavy rain can cause a buildup of heavy rainwater that can clog up drainage systems over time. Tree roots and other types of greenery can build up a layer of moss along pipe drains, causing the blockage to become even worse. Hiring a plumber to clean up a blocked drain can prevent problems like these from occurring in your home.…Read More →