Categories: Plumbing Repairs

What Is Clogging Your Sink?

Have you noticed the tell-tale signs of a clogged drain? Perhaps you have observed that your shower water is draining a bit slower than in months past, or maybe you discovered that your kitchen has a bad odor coming from the sink. In any case, a clogged drain can cause serious bad consequences for your house’s entire plumbing system if it isn’t resolved.

 

At Elk Grove Village Sewer and Plumbing, our experienced team members have decades worth of stories describing bizarre drain clogging culprits. If you are concerned that your drain is clogged, here are some of the more common sources.

 

Grease
Your kitchen sink and garbage disposal can handle a lot of use. However, dumping grease into your sink can cause problems almost immediately. As the liquid grease cools and solidifies in your pipes, it can become a magnet for more debris. Before you know it, the grease has turned into a full fledged block in your drainage system. To avoid this situation, never dump grease into your sink drains.

 

Food Debris
In the kitchen especially, drains can be easily clogged with debris that tossed into the sink. While a garbage disposal can make tossing food into the sink tempting, the disposal cannot take care of every bit of food. Even something as small as a carrot piece can cause a blockage. To avoid this situation, make it a habit of scraping food into a garbage can before rinsing the dish in the sink.

 

Hair
Your bathroom sink is vulnerable to clogs caused by hair. When multiple people use the sink, the amount of hair that gets washed down the drain can grow quickly, causing blockages that result in sluggish drainage. To avoid this situation at your home, encourage family members to wipe up their hair with a tissue and toss it in the garbage instead of rinsing it down the sink.

 

Household Objects
Anyone who has ever lived with a toddler knows that clogged drains can be caused by anything that can disappear down the hole. Matchbox cars, jewelry, and other objects from the vanity can quickly slide down a drain and cause an instant block. Avoid this situation at your home by updating your drain guards to catch objects before they slip down the drain.

Are you living with a blocked drain or becoming frustrated when trying to remedy it on your own? The team at Elk Grove Village Sewer and Plumbing can take care of your clogged drain efficiently, giving you the peace of mind that you won’t be waking up to a flooded shower or toilet. Give us a call today to tell us more about your needs.

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