Everyone knows cracked or burst pipes are a big problem. But did you know something as seemingly minor as a drain clog can cause a pipe to burst? Failure to address a clog can lead to increased pressure inside pipes, which can make them crack or rupture. This is more than just a hassle; it’s a messy and expensive predicament that can cause considerable damage to plumbing and homes.
In many cases, a slow drain is the first obvious sign of a clog. While many homeowners might be tempted to overlook a slow-flowing drain because it still technically “works,” it’s not an issue people can afford to ignore. In fact, a clogged drain is an issue that requires immediate attention.
The Anatomy of a Clog
Did you know the average adult loses between 60 and 100 hairs every day – and that most shed hair ends up going down the drain?
Most drain clogs are caused by the gradual accumulation of organic matter — like hair, grease, soap scum and food — on the inside walls of drain pipes. Over time, these materials combine to create the perfect storm of drain-blocking, flow-slowing, sink-stinking, bacteria-breeding nuisance. A clog can slow or even halt the normal flow of water through the pipes.
Trees and bushes are another common culprit when it comes to pipe damage. Their root systems instinctively seek out water and nutrients, both of which are abundant in sewage pipes. Roots cause problematic underground cracks and leaks that can be difficult to diagnose without professional help.
The bad news is that pipes are vulnerable to damage from many different sources. However, on the bright side, the good news is that preventing clogs from forming is not only easy to do, but can save money on repairs in the long run.
Regular Drain Cleaning Is a Homeowner’s Best Friend
Many homeowners turn to commercially purchased drain cleaners when they begin to notice signs of a clog. However, the harsh chemicals in these products can corrode pipes and create further damage.
The best way to address a clog is to schedule an inspection and cleaning with a professional plumber. Plumbers have the specialized training and expertise to clear clogs and keep drains flowing smoothly.
In fact, just like with other home maintenance issues, it’s a good rule of thumb to establish a regular drain-cleaning routine. Especially for those with older homes, annual drain cleaning is a good habit. Plumbing companies can clear a clogged line quickly and affordably, before minor plumbing issues spiral out of control.
When it comes to plumbing, the old adage holds true: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. A well-maintained sewer system is one of the best ways to ensure any homeowner’s peace of mind.
Schedule a Drain Cleaning With A1 Plumbing Today
A1 Plumbing is committed to providing quality work at a fair price. As an owner-operated company servicing Reno, Sparks, Carson City and surrounding areas, they provide a broad list of plumbing services for residential, commercial and industrial properties. Contact them for drain cleaning, pipe inspection, leak detection, pipe repair and replacement and hydro-jetting.