Identifying Household Drain Clogs

Not only can clogs in home drain systems become a very expensive problem, but they can also be a huge inconvenience and end up creating an enormous mess. Some slow leaks are practically unnoticeable, causing unseen damage over a long period of time. In other cases, backed up toilets, tubs, or showers risk causing considerable water damage.

Common Signs & Causes

If every drain in the house is experiencing slow water drainage, this is a sign of tree roots that have grown into the outside pipes. Once roots migrate into the pipes, they will reduce flow to the sewer line in the street. This is a gradual occurrence that worsens over time—instead of waiting until the roots have caused significant problems, homeowners should act immediately when they notice that drainage throughout the home has noticeably decreased.

If there is a localized stoppage that only affects one sink, bathtub, or toilet, this indicates that there is probably buildup, debris, or a foreign object that is obstructing the fixture. As opposed to root blockage, this problem will only affect a single fixture in the house.

If the restroom sink is experiencing drainage problems, this often occurs due to buildup of personal hygiene products such as soap or toothpaste. Many of these items have waxes and other ingredients that will build up on the interior of the lines.

Identifying the Issue

The first and most important step is to correctly identify the issue. Boulden Brothers has the technology to spot the problem, whatever and wherever it may be. Clearing the drain with a drain cleaning machine is a crucial next step to restore flow and make room for us to send a camera down into the affected area.

The camera will allow us to make a close inspection of the interior of the line, giving a bird’s eye view of exactly what is going on. As long as there is an access point at the house and/or one at the street, we should be able to get a clear view of the entire line.

Once we know exactly what caused the issue, we will develop possible courses of action to fix the problem. If it’s a localized drain problem (e.g., a clogged restroom sink), it may be as simple as replacing the P-trap.

In upcoming posts, we’ll cover some of the many options available to homeowners that not only solve their drainage problems, but prevent them from occurring as well.

If you’re noticing a stopped up fixture or slowed drainage throughout your entire home, give us a call today.