Clogged and slow drains can be a symptom of bigger problems in your home or commercial plumbing system that when not addressed, can lead to much bigger issues —– like a clogged sewer. If the clog isn’t removed, you could get damage from sewage coming into your home at the lowest points of the system. (filling the basement or craw with feces and other matter) If you are experiencing any type of plumbing problems like slow drains or toilets, give the pros at Atlas Butler a call. We can pinpoint the cause of the clog and recommend the best way to get rid of it.

Causes of Clogged Pipes

  1. Grease and fat. Cooking grease and fats that get poured down the drain can congeal and clog the pipes. The fat coats the inside of the pipes and congeals and the layers of grease eventually form a clog.
  2. Hair, dirt and debris. In a residential setting, hair can easily clog drains in the bathroom. Dirt and debris are more commonly seen in a commercial/industrial setting where they can easily stop up drains.
  3. Tree roots. Roots from trees and other vegetation can penetrate outdoor pipes and cause major clogs. Another signal that this is the problem is if you find unusual wet patches in the grass.
  4. Foreign objects. If you have raised kids, you know that toddlers are fascinated with the toilet and toys and other objects are flushed for their amusement.

Fixing blocked and slow drains

The best solution to opening a clogged drain is to start with a cable, this gives the professional a look into the cause of the blockage and will solve a large majority of them. Based on the cause of the blockage other recommendations may be made such as jetting, your professional will gladly cover the recommendations with you. Liquid drain cleaners are a tool to try before calling a plumber for more heavy-duty methods but can be dangerous and cause property damage if not done correctly. On larger drains a plumber can use a camera to inspect the drain and determine the best course of action.

One of the more effective ways to clear larger drains and main sewers is a process called hydro jetting. The jetting process uses  high-pressure water to breakup and dislodge clogs. A back-end flow of water removes mineral build-up inside the pipes, which is an extra benefit of jetting. Jetting is particularly effective with grease and dirt clogs and can remove some of the largest roots from the line. Clogs caused by excessive trees roots may require more extensive treatment, including excavation.

Preventing sewer line clogs

There are many ways to prevent clogged pipes. Here are a few:

  1. Dispose of cooking grease and fat properly. Pour it into a container then put it in the trash, rather than down your drain.
  2. Keep your bathroom drains free of hair. You can clean the drain coverings yourself or buy an inexpensive “hair catcher” to put inside your drain to catch loose hairs.
  3. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations about what can be put down the garbage disposal. Avoid eggshells, coffee grounds, bones and vegetable peelings.
  4. Only human waste and toilet paper should be put in the toilet.

Hopefully, you won’t have to deal with clogged pipes very often, but if you do, call Atlas Butler Plumbing. We will assess the type of clog and its location and recommend the best way to remove it.  We have proudly served the Central Ohio for decades with expert drain cleaning services and can help you get rid of clogged pipes, no matter what size or location. Call us at 614-681-2183 or request an appointment online today.