Think it’s “Just a clog”?…. Think again! A fully clogged drain or even a slow drain can cause unexpected and expensive problems for your home and family.
Never underestimate the damage a clog can have. Most people are unaware that their allergies or illnesses can be the direct result of a clogged pipe. When any pipe in your home has a severe clog that causes drainage backup (specifically septic backup), the water that comes back into the home contains bacteria, viruses, and allergens that pollute your indoor air, causing health problems for your family. Odor from this backup in addition to the water backup itself is a breeding ground for pests and mold. As if this wasn’t bad enough, a clog can snowball into costly structural home damage from weeping at pipe joints causing leaks, and in severe cases, floods.
So, what causes clogs or drain slowing in the first place? If you guessed hair, you are correct, but that is only one of many clog sources. Bathrooms are the most common places for clogs because they contain a toilet and a shower. A toilet can easily become clogged with products like cotton swabs, feminine products, excess toilet paper, wipes, and diapers. In the shower, a small amount of hair can be harmless, but when combined with soap and dirt can create a clog so severe that it can cause standing water in your shower basin or bathtub. In your kitchen sink, excess food, cooking oils, fats and grease can and will clog your drain overtime even if you have a garbage disposal.
So if you think it’s “Just a clog,” think again! As soon as you notice any slowing in your drains call Heiland Home Services to come perform an inspection.