Poor drainage is annoying at best and highly problematic at worst. As soon as you start to notice a problem with drainage in your home, you need to seek a solution. The longer you let this problem go, the worse it will get.
Usually, the first sign of poor drainage is just that it seems to take longer for water to travel down the pipe. This may mean that water tends to fill the sink, shower, or tub a bit even when the drain is open, or that the water looks different as it goes down the drain. The goal is to determine the cause and remedy the problem before the issue reaches the point of causing you discomfort in your home. Below are the top 5 most common causes of poor drainage in the house.
Blocked or Broken Connection to Septic Tank or Sewer System
Out of the common causes of poor drainage, this is probably the worst as it will require heavy repairs and potentially invasive measures to reach and remedy the problem. Blocked or broken connections can occur for a wide variety of reasons, including the deterioration of the pipes, tree roots growing and damaging the lines, and even natural phenomenon, such as earthquakes.
How can you determine if this is the problem? In general, you will notice that all of your drains are draining more slowly than before, since the connection is used by all parts of the house. However, this is not a definitive diagnosis, and the plumbing company you call should run other diagnostics to determine the exact cause.
Normal Debris Causing Clogs
This is a problem that tends to occur more in bathroom drains than other drains due to the amount of hair, products, and other items that can accumulate in the drains. But, if you are not using the correct strainers in your kitchen sink, it can become a problem there as well. In most cases, a quick snaking of the drain will remove the clog and get the drain back to normal. You can attempt to snake the drain on your own, using a wire hanger or other piece of strong wire. If your efforts are not successful, this is a quick job for a plumber and should not cost you much money at all. In fact, it is so affordable that you might want to skip attempting this less than pleasant job on your own.
You might be surprised by some of the items people think they can flush. Among the usual suspects are feminine hygiene products, diaper wipes, and even diapers. As a rule, the only thing you should toss and flush is toilet paper. However, you never know what guests will do, and if you have children, the toilet is often too tempting and toys tend to end up stuck in the pipes. Should this happen in your home, a simple plunging may not remedy the problem. If your efforts produce no results, turn it over to a professional.
Grease and Oil
So, you use the right strainers in the kitchen sink, but still it isn’t draining right. Chances are the culprits will be grease and oil. When disposing of grease and oil in the kitchen sink, it tends to cool quickly against the metal pipes, sticking to them as a result. Over the years, this builds up to the point that the drain is clogged and no longer functions properly. You should be able to fix this with a drain cleaner, and then switch to using other disposal systems for grease and oil. If, however, your drain is stubborn, a plumber should be able to fix it quickly.
Like everything else in this world, pipes age. And when they do, they tend to build up mineral deposits and corrode, both of which can cause issues with drainage. In these cases, there really is no at-home remedy to get them working as they should. Instead, you will need a plumber to assess the issue and determine if there is a simple fix they can offer or if the entire home will need to be repiped. Need help with drainage in your home? Give us a call; we are ready to head over and get your plumbing working as it should.