Like most home owners, you probably don’t think about clogs until there is an obvious sign of one. While there is nothing wrong with this, it can make things simpler and less messy and get ahead of these issues. Understanding the cause of a clog can help you resolve the problem quickly and efficiently. It helps to understand what can cause a drain to clog and how to avoid it if possible.
Signs You May Have a Clog
Your plumbing system consists of a line that runs through your home and connects to the sewer system. This drain also connects to every sink, toilet, tub and shower in your home. There are multiple places where clogs can cause problems. For example, in the pipe itself, or the trap connecting the sink or toilet. Most often build up in the pipe creates a clog. This could be food, toilet paper, or other items that are not meant to be flushed.
Here are a few signs to look for when dealing with a clog.
• Bathtub, shower, or sink is slowly draining – A slow drain can be the first sign of an issue. This is often caused by a thick layer of soap or grime.
• Gurgling drains – A gurgling noise indicates air is trapped somewhere in the plumbing. Trapped air can be caused by buildup, like grease, food and oil. Damage to the sewer line can also cause gurgling in a drain.
• Unpleasant odor – An odor can come before a slow drain. This can be caused by several things, rotten food, grime, sewage and even a small rodent in another area of the sewer system.
Clogged drains can be more than annoying. Homeowners who know what to look for and what causes these issues can potentially reduce a major drain clog that could lead to major plumbing issues.