Do you Have Blocked Drains? We’re Here to Help!
Whether it’s a slow draining sink or a clogged toilet, a blocked drain can give you a lot of unnecessary stress. If you’ve already tried plunging the clog for twenty minutes, you can give yourself a break. It’s fair to admit defeat and call a professional plumber to help you get your plumbing back to normal. We will tell you the common causes of these nerve-racking clogs and how we can fix them.
A Clogged Kitchen Sink
When you rinse dishes in the sink or strain a pot full of pasta, you’ll notice that the water stays in the sink basin. When you check five minutes later, the water has barely moved an inch.
You can try to use a clean plunger to clear the drain clog. Fit the cup over the drain so that it has a good seal, and then pump the plunger up and down rhythmically until water starts moving down the drain. If the plunger doesn’t do the job or the problem returns soon after, call for a plumber.
When it comes to the kitchen sink, the usual cause of a bad clog is build-up from various food ingredients. Instead of using a drain catcher or putting scraps in the compost bin, people will let different foodstuffs wash down with the water.
One of the most important things to never put down the drain is cooking grease because it hardens and coats the insides of the pipes and collects other ingredients as they fall. Cooking grease may be a liquid when it’s hot, but it becomes a nuisance when it cools. Here is a list of other items that cause unfortunate drain clogs in kitchen sinks:
- – Rice
- – Coffee grounds
- – Potato Peels
- – Pasta
- – Tea leaves
- – Eggshells
- – Flour
We offer professional drain cleaning services to clear stubborn clogs like the one causing your kitchen sink’s drain to act up, so you can get back to washing dishes and cooking meals without incident. We also have a drain maintenance program, where we treat your drains on a monthly basis. The products will be environmentally-friendly, especially when you compare them to caustic liquid cleaners you can buy from the store.
If you want to avoid blocked sinks, use drain catchers to keep food scraps out of the drain. Dispose of ingredients like cooking grease, coffee grounds and tea leaves properly, so they don’t affect the pipes. You can also clean the drain by pouring boiling water down it every once in a while.
A Clogged Toilet
You will notice that your toilet is clogged when you flush the handle and the contents don’t go down the drain. Sometimes, the water in the bowl will rise higher and threaten to spill over the rim. When the toilet water rises, don’t flush the handle again to test if the contents will go under. This will do nothing but make the situation worse and make the toilet overflow.
Instead of touching the handle, you should find the toilet’s water valve located behind the fixture. Turn the valve off to limit the possibility of dirty water gushing onto the floor. Then, use your toilet plunger to try to clear away the clog. If you have no progress with the plunger or the problem comes back again, call a plumber.
Toilets are usually clogged because people flush things that shouldn’t go down their drains. One of the items you shouldn’t put down the toilet is dental floss because it will snag on pipes and tangle together — this tangle acts like a net that catches other objects as they move down the plumbing system. Floss is not biodegradable in water, so it won’t disintegrate over time. It will contribute to your toilet troubles until it’s removed from the drain.
Other popular items that cause toilet clogs are menstrual products like sanitary napkins, tampons and panty liners. These cotton products are designed to be absorbent, so putting them down the drain will only make them expand in the small passageway. It’s best to ignore packaging or advertising telling you that their company’s tampons are flushable — listen to seasoned plumbing experts instead to save yourself a lot of money and frustration.
You should call a local plumbing company in Toronto to rectify a bad toilet clog after you realize that the plunger isn’t doing the trick or that the problem keeps returning. Our experts will apply drop sheets in the bathroom before they remove the clog with a drain snake. Cleaning toilet drains can be a messy business, so drop sheets will ensure your bathroom stays nice and tidy.
To prevent another toilet clog, you should avoid flushing things like dental floss, sanitary napkins, tampons or panty liners down the drain. Ideally, you should only be flushing human waste, water and moderate amounts of toilet paper down the toilet. Sticking to those three categories will guarantee that your drain stays clear.
A Clogged Shower Drain
The most common cause for a clogged shower drain is loose hair. Individually, a strand of hair doesn’t seem like a big deal when it slips down the drain with the soapy water. The problem is that there is never just one strand that finds its way down there.
Hair is very similar to floss that is flushed down the toilet drain. It snags on pipes when it travels down the line and then forms a nest, which catches more waste that gets washed down the drain. A tangle of hair can slowly grow inside of your pipes over the years until you notice that the water pools around your feet during a shower or that the tub empties at a snail’s pace.
When you call a professional to fix your shower drain, they will suspect loose hair is the primary culprit of the clog. They will lower a drain snake down the opening and clear the obstruction. The best way for you to avoid this situation ever again is to get an effective shower drain catcher to collect any strands that fall down while you shampoo or rinse your hair. When it gets full, pull out the tangle from the device and dump it in the garbage can.
Everything Is Clogged
It’s very confusing when you notice that multiple fixtures in the house aren’t working as they should. Your toilet gurgles when you flush it. The sink in your laundry room is draining slowly. Sometimes you swear you can smell something foul when you walk past the floor drain in the basement.
All of these signs point to a bigger problem than grease build-up or hair tangles in the pipes. When lots of fixtures are acting strangely, you are dealing with a clog directly in the main sewer line. Since the main sewer line is connected to all of the drains in the house, an obstruction will affect multiple fixtures and drains.
The most common source of this specific plumbing problem is the tree sitting in your front yard. When a pipe in your sewer line springs a small leak, thirsty tree roots will find a way to get to the water. They will make their way towards the pipe and then push inside of it until they form a substantial clog. One plumbing crew had to pull out 40 feet of roots from an old Willow tree that had blocked a storm drain — the crew members described the length of root like an anaconda straight out of the Amazon.
When you have multiple fixtures backing up or draining slowly, you should call a professional plumber. We will use our high-tech camera to see what’s causing the blockage and pinpoint its location. It’s important to figure out if the sewer drain clog is on your side of the sewer line or if it’s coming from the city’s side.
If it is coming from the city’s side, you will need to inform Toronto Water about the problem and submit a service request to them — having video evidence proving that the obstruction is on the city’s side will help your case. Once they process your request, Toronto Water staff members will investigate the sewers near your home and determine the type of repairs that are needed.
If it is coming from your side of the sewer line, you will have to be the one to take care of the problem. The city may not help, but a professional plumber can. We can remove the obstruction and we can repair broken drains that the tree roots destroyed so that your home’s plumbing system goes back to normal.
Root intrusion often happens with clay pipes. If your home has clay pipes, we can replace them with new ones that carry a 25-year-warranty. The broken clay pipes will need to be excavated in order to remove the roots, so it will be a convenient time to upgrade the rest of the system.
Recognizing the causes of blocked drains will help you avoid the annoying issue from now on. You won’t pour hot grease down your kitchen sink, flush floss down the toilet or let hair strands go down the shower drain every morning. In many plumbing cases, the best way to save yourself money and time is to practice prevention.
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