Most people don't spend a lot of time thinking about their plumbing until their is a problem. One issue that many homeowners faces are blocked drains, which can be very annoying and frustrating. There are many things that can cause a blocked drain and require you to call for drain blockage clearing service. Some of the most common reasons for a blocked drain include:

Foreign Objects

When foreign objects fall down the drain they can cause big problems. Jewelry and small soap bars can easily block a pipe, just to name a couple of examples. In households with children, it is not uncommon for children to drop things like their toys down the drain, especially the toilet. In order to help prevent foreign objects from blocking drains, consider placing drain screens where possible, and put a lock on your toilet seat of you have small children living with you.

Grease and Fat

When cooking in the kitchen, one of the worse things you can do is pour grease or cooking fats down the kitchen sink drain. Even if it looks like it is just a small amount, grease and fat can quickly build up in your pipes. As grease and fat sits in your pipes it will congeal, and eventually your whole pipe can be blocked by a solid mass of grease. It is in your best interest to drain grease and fat into a jar or bucket and then dispose of it in the trash can.

Roots

A common cause for complete drain blockages and plumbing damage is tree roots. Tree roots are always looking for water and nutrients, so if your sewer main line has a tiny crack a small tree root can make its way in. One there is a root in your sewer main it will continue to grow larger and larger. If you do not schedule regular drain blockage clearing services for your sewer main, the root can eventually grow large enough to crack the pipe, causing significant damage that can be costly to repair.

Bathroom Products

So many people make the mistake of flushing things down the toilet that should never be flushed. Paper towels, baby wipes, and feminine hygiene products do not disintegrate like toilet paper, so they can get stuck in the pipes after they are flushed. You can help protect your pipes from a blockage by making sure that the only things that you and your family are flushing down the toilet is toilet paper and human waste. 

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