Your plumbing may clog for a wide variety of different reasons, as your drains are subjected to a great deal of wear and tear and a number of different substances over the course of normal operation. However, each different type of clog can be fixed in a different way. Understanding some of the most common types of plumbing clogs can help you troubleshoot your specific plumbing issues and get everything flowing properly again as soon as possible – as well as helping you to prevent future problems.
In showers and sinks, one of the most common causes of a clogged pipe is a buildup of human hair. This happens normally due to shedding while cleaning your hands or your body, but hair is an extremely durable material that won't be easily broken down by running water. Thus, balls of hair can quickly accumulate – and they can be particularly difficult to remove even with drain cleaning chemicals or a drain snake. To prevent them from occurring again, simply install a strainer over the drain, which you can periodically empty of hair to keep your drain clear.
While oils may seem like an issue that will only face kitchen drains, due to a buildup of cooking fats, they can actually take hold in your bathroom as well if you use a great deal of soap and other cleaning products. The good news is that these clogs can usually be cleared by running hot water down the drain, which will liquify the oils and get things moving again normally. In order to prevent this from happening in the future, you should pour cooking oils into tin cans to be disposed of later. In the shower, you should simply cut down on the amount of shampoo and soap that you are using.
Another common cause of clogs that can affect the entirety of your house include tree roots which manage to get into the sewer drain of your home. These blockages may be able to be cleared with a drain snake, but they usually point to damage to your plumbing. In order to determine the best course of action, you should contact a plumber: they can use a camera to examine the interior of your pipes and see the extent of the clog, and can recommend the best course of action that you should take. More often than not, you may have to have parts of your plumbing replaced entirely to prevent these clogs in the future. To learn more, contact a plumbing services company in your area.