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What Is Clogging Up My Drains?

Drain clogs are an unfortunately common occurrence in homes; almost everyone has, at one time or another, had to deal with a drain that simply won’t drain. If a sink plunger doesn’t clear out a clog, you will usually need to contact a professional plumber to fix the problem using a mechanical drain snake or hydro-jetting equipment. (Never use store-bought drain cleaners to unclog a drain. These chemical concoctions can damage your plumbing and leave toxic residue in your home and in landfills.)

There are many different causes for drain clogs. Let’s examine a few of the more common ones that might be blocking up the drains in your home.

Fats, oils, and grease

Sometimes collectively known as “FOG,” these organic materials are one of the leading causes of clogs developing in kitchen sinks. In hot liquid form, FOG seems innocuous enough. But when it cools down, it turns in a solid, waxy substance that will start to coat the inside of drainpipes. Given enough time, these deposits will clog up the drain entirely. Professional drain cleaning with a hydro-jetter is the best way to eliminate this build-up and keep the drain cleared.

Hair

This is one of major enemies of the drains in showers, tubs, and bathroom sinks. Hair often gets caught in the p-trap—the curved pipe beneath the drain—where it starts to collect into a snarl. Chemical cleaners do very little good against this sort of blockage. Let a professional with a drain snake remove it.

Sewer line problems

If you notice that more than one of your drains is clogged or draining slowly, the problem may be in the sewer main. This needs immediate professional attention or it could lead to sewage entering the basement or foundation of your home.

If you wish to arrange for professional drain cleaning in your home in Orlando, FL or the surrounding areas, call on Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI). We have 24-hour emergency service when you need it.

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