Top Ten Causes of Drain Clogs in Westchester County
Posted on April 8, 2014 by admin in Drain Cleaning
Different Causes, One Solution: Call T. Webber
It’s our job as Westchester County’s drain cleaning experts to give you – our customers – a clue as to what may be causing those household nightmares we call clogs.
Knowing where they originate from may help in preventing future clogs, so if that sounds good to you, read on!
Common Ways Your Drains Can Clog
- Lack of maintenance on city sewer line: It’s the city’s responsibility to maintain the municipal sewer line so if they leave that off their to-do list you’ll get the brunt of the backup.
- Grease: Even though almost everything you eat and cook with causes grease, it shouldn’t be put down your drain. It’s a substance that’s difficult to break up and will cause a clog pretty easily.
- Main line break: When you have a break in your main line, you will probably notice a random pile of debris in one spot. Main line problems can cause some serious plumbing issues inside your home so you’ll want to look out for this.
- Food items in kitchen drain: Your garbage disposal can’t grind up everything you throw down the drain. And, if you don’t have a disposal, your drains will quickly get clogged up if you throw food down there. Be careful not to dispose of starchy, stringy vegetables, potato peels, coffee grinds, and other foods in your kitchen drain to avoid this messy backup.
- Tree root infiltration: Tree roots in the line is one of the most common, and most difficult, clogs that we see. Once these roots get into your pipes, they feed off the water and nutrients, grow, expand, and eventually block your pipes so badly nothing can flow through. If they are left to grow there for too long, they can rupture your line. If you have a clog that you just can’t seem to reach, it’s possible this is the cause.
- Collapsed sewer line: This will cause multiple fixtures in your home to back up and needs immediate attention.
- Incorrectly installed piping: Though beyond your control, it’s important you get this remedied as soon as you can. Pipes that were not originally connected properly can cause some serious damage.
- Sagging sewer lines: This typically causes the drains in your home to run slower than normal. Since slow drains could be from a number of different things, you may want to bring in a T. Webber expert to check and ensure it’s not because of sagging sewer lines.
- Unauthorized items flushed down the toilet: Accidentally flushing feminine hygiene products, toothbrushes, and children’s toys down the toilet can easily cause a clog.
- Outside debris in the line: Materials like mud, clay, or grass can get in the line when it’s punctured and groundwater washes them in.
No matter what caused your clog, T. Webber can get it cleaned up. Give us a call today!