One of the most frustrating things when it comes to plumbing can be when a drain malfunctions. Drainage is very important, because when you have water coming in, it eventually has to go somewhere. The problem is, drain malfunctions can come in many forms, and the symptoms can come in yet more forms still.
Given the down to earth, do it yourself mindset of most people here in Australia, your first sentiment is probably to think, to heck with it, I’ll fix the drain myself. There are some cases where this is fine, when it’s something minor, such as perhaps a sink drain. However, with most drainage problems, you should not really attempt to do this yourself. No amount of caustic chemicals will fix a lot of these problems, and that’s when you need drain plumbing specialists.
Today, I’m going to talk about some of the main causes of drain problems, the symptoms of them and why you probably shouldn’t try to fix these problems yourself. I applaud your spirit with your do-it-yourself approach, and saving money is important in today’s economy, but yeah, this is something best left to specialists.
Leading causes of drain problems?
Obviously, the prime cause of drain problems is going to be some form of clog. As a matter fact, there’s really only one other general cause, that being an issue with pipes, which I’ll get to in a minute. However, clogs can come in a number of forms, depending on where the drain is, and what’s passed through it.
When it comes to bathrooms, most clogs are the result of hair. Either from shaving, shedding or a combination of both, hair of various lengths will get into your drain. Bald? Well, the rest of your body still has Herod it, so count on your shower drain still clogging over time. I’m bald, and my drain is clogged more times than I can count in spite of this.
When it comes to kitchens, the biggest problem is that people have a bad habit of pouring grease down drains. Sure, it’s in liquid form when it’s hot, but it cools very rapidly even in hot water, and will become this viscous, almost waxy substance akin to Crisco or Vaseline. When this happens, it will gradually clogged pipes to the point where water won’t pass through them at all.
When it comes to grease, pour your grease into an empty container after Cole’s just a little, and simply pour it out somewhere outside. Being an organic melted fat, it’s completely biodegradable, and nature will not mind. Just be sure to poorest somewhere that you don’t have to walk by, as rancid grease it hasn’t been disposed of by Anson whatnot is rather unpleasant in appearance and smell.
Aside from that, the other big problem is a collapsed pipe somewhere. This is usually outside, one of your primary drainage systems leading away from the house to the sewer or septic tank. When this happens, the Earth will collapse around it, preventing water from properly escaping. It will back up, and even if the water was initially mostly clean when drained out, it will come back up looking rather discussing and filthy.
I mentioned septic tanks, and those can be a whole other mess when it comes to drains, worthy of their own peace, septic tanks can be a curse and a blessing.
Common symptoms include water simply not draining out, as well as water backing up through both the clogged drain and other drains connected to the same system. This is very common with shower drains backing up when toilets are flushed, dual-stinks in kitchens having one of the other drains back up when the other one is trying to drain, etc.
Why do I need drain plumbing specialists?
Many drains aren’t particularly accessible for do-it-yourself solutions, including buried lines or lines inside cement floors. Your first go-to solution is going to be to poor nasty, caustic solutions down your drain. For certain clogs, the stuff can work, but it usually doesn’t. The end result is that you have just deluded, toxic water sitting in your house, admitting less than healthy fumes. It will also degrade your pipes, especially in cases of PVC being used.
A specialist will have advanced tools and a very intricate understanding of plumbing across various applications that will allow them to quickly and easily solve the problem. You may balk at the initial thought of how much it costs to have plumbing specialists come in, but the amount of money you’ll spend doing damage and wasting your further funds on products that don’t work will cost you far more in the long run!