Drain Blocked? John THE Plumber To The Rescue!
Having a drain blocked in your home is a sure sign there’s something down there that shouldn’t be. Prevention can save homeowners a pile of money if they know what to look for. So we have listed what we consider to be the top five reasons you may develop a clog, and what to do to prevent it from happening in the first place!
Blocked Drains: Plumber John’s Top Five Culprits
#5 Tree Roots
Believe it or not, that huge tree your kids climb in and you like to sit under in your backyard may be the reason your drain is now blocked. Tree roots are constantly searching for nutrients. Depending on what your pipes are made of, the tree’s roots may be munching away on your pipes – which are enabling the roots to grow bigger and stronger. This can be a huge expense down the road, best to call in a professional to have this assessed – you may need to switch up your pipes to PVC.
# 4 Basement Sink Catch All
It’s amazing how a point of view can change when in a different room, like a sink in your basement for instance. They’re often bigger and rougher looking than the ones found in the rest of your home. As a result, many homeowners will use that sink to clean paint brushes and whatever materials are caked on other tools; still a sink folks – stop doing that! Pipes are pipes, and the debris you dump down there can cause your drain to get blocked – best you rinse off outside with a hose!
# 3 Random Objects & Sanitary Napkins
Were YOU that child that loved to dump everything down the toilet? Only fun when you’re the kid – can be very expensive for the parents! Toys and food have caused many a household grief; best thing you can do is put a child cap on your washroom’s doorknob so they can’t enter without you helping. Other thing is tampons; they are notorious for clogging toilets and do NOT just flush away like many women think they will – use a garbage disposal at all times ladies!
# 2 Grease
If you have memory of your Granny dumping grease into a can know it wasn’t just “an old fashioned way” – it’s the RIGHT way. When grease cools down, it goes from a liquid to a solid form and it’s thick. This substance can clog up your pipes in fairly short order; best thing to do is have a tin can handy to dump the grease into, and follow by wiping out the pan with a paper towel before washing.
# 1 Hair
Are you really that surprised Kingston? Hair is something that hits our shower drains every single day; it’s no wonder it’s the number one reason drain blockages occur. Best thing you can do for yourself to avoid this situation is go and purchase a hair drain. They’re about $10.00 and they plop right into your drain to catch hair and any chunky soap residue while you shower. When you are done, simply remove it out and dump the contents so it’s clear to catch the next round of hair. And of course dump it in the garbage NOT down the toilet!
For blocked drains or any other plumbing issues that may be ailing your home, give us a call today at John THE Plumber Kingston and we will be happy to send one of our qualified Kingston plumbers out to you today – You’ll be glad you did!