Survey Question #7: Does Your Drain Often Clog?

If your question is YES, several factors are likely at play. The first and most accessible is your lifestyle. Perhaps your shower drain is clogged with hair, or your sink drain is susceptible to clogging from excess toothpaste or beard trimmings. These clog culprits are easily addressed with hardware store-bought chemical solutions. Use a drain stopper, purchase a drain snake, and provide monthly maintenance to prevent the build-up of waste.

If you have ruled lifestyle out as a cause for your chronic drain clogs, more serious issues may be at play. Most causes deal directly with the pipes themselves. Tree roots in search of water, for example, have been known to cause cracks in old sewer pipes. Concrete and clay pipes, which are the most easily crushed and least likely to be water tight, are the most susceptible. Pipes installed between 1920 and 1970 are the most at risk. If you suspect this to be the cause of your drain issues, it is best to contact a professional.

Offset pipes many prove to be another cause of drain clogging. Old, concrete clay pipes were generally installed in 3-foot sections. Decades of ground shifting and settling may cause pipes to move around, thus impacting gravity drain systems. If you suspect this to be the case in your drain clogging, it is best to contact a professional to assess the situation.

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