There are a number of reasons you could be having problems with your drains. From a slow draining shower to several drains that are slow at the same time, figuring out what is causing the slow drainage is essential. From small clogs of built up debris, to tree roots that are causing backup in your main sewer line, if you have consistent problems with the drains in your home it's time to call in a professional plumber to assess the situation.
The Kitchen Drain Keeps Backing Up
When your kitchen drain is slow, this is likely do to some food debris buildup in your drain. If any grease got down your drain, it is also possible that the grease has congealed. For example, while bacon grease is clear and easy to poor when it is hot, bacon grease becomes milky white and congeals when it cools down. Bacon grease poured down a drain can cause a backup to occur, even after dumping bacon grease down the drain just one time. If you think bacon grease is the culprit, you can try running really hot water down the drain to see if that clears up your clog. If that doesn't work, you can also try a cup of baking soda dumped into the drain, followed by four cups of white vinegar. This mixture will foam up, and has the potential to breakup the clog that is in your drain.
More than One Drain is Slow in Your Home
It is unlikely that you have more than one slow drain in your home, and chances are this is a problem with your main sewer line. Tree roots are a main cause of blockages in your main sewer line. While you can try some at home remedies to try and clear tree roots from your main sewer line, this is a problem that is best left up to a professional plumber who has the right tools to grind up the tree roots that are blocking your system. Left untreated, a main sewer line will become completely blocked, resulting in water and sewage coming into your home through drains.
It's important to remember that you should not flush diapers, feminine products, or paper towels down your toilets. You should avoid sending food particles down your drain whenever possible, and let grease congeal in a cup before throwing it out in the trash. If your drains are blocked and you can't figure out the problem, call in a plumber today before your problem becomes bigger. Contact a business, such as Roto-Rooter, for more information.