If you are trying to locate a clog in your home and you aren't sure of the cause, there may be some things you have not thought to check. There are a variety of items in your drains causing them to become clogged that are not so obvious culprits. The following are some things that could be causing your drains to be backed up:
Tile Adhesive or Cement
If you are doing a renovation job in your home that includes the use of tile adhesive or any type of cement-like substance, take care to never place any amount of it into your sink drains. Many homeowners have made the mistake of pouring extra compound down the drain instead of disposing of it properly. You may think that it will simply move through the drain before it has a chance to harden. This is untrue, and it can wreak havoc on your plumbing. If you have let any type of hardening adhesive down the drain and it has become clogged, there is no easy way to remove it. More than likely, you are going to have to pay a plumber to come replace the section of clogged drain.
Little Toys or Action Figures
Kids will be kids, which means you will find their toys just about anywhere. One place kids like to hide their small toys is in the toilet. Kids often find the toilet very interesting and allow their toys to take a dive into the water before flushing it straight down the drain. If this happens with a toy that is fairly large, or if they flush several of their toys, it will very likely result in a clog that will have to be dealt with.
Scoopable cat litter is very commonly used in many households. A common misconception is the fact that it can be flushed down the toilet bowl. Although many brands will advise that flushing the used litter is safe for your plumbing, understand that it can very well cause a drain to become stopped up. If your home has a septic tank system, it can also cause the good bacteria to become contaminated. This results in the tank not breaking down the solids as it should, meaning you will have to have your septic tank pumped out more frequently.
Few things are more frustrating that a backed up plumbing system. Getting to the bottom of the cause can sometimes be quite a feat. If you cannot immediately identify the problem, you will need to contact your plumber or septic tank technicians (like those at Chavis Septic Services) to help you clear out the drains.
After dealing with a debilitating sewage flood a few years back, I decided to turn my attention to the proper care and maintenance of our septic tank. We had never spent much time trying to keep things in good shape, but we didn't want to deal with another sewage problem. To make things right, we met with the septic tank professionals and talked about how to keep our system in good shape. We worked hard to check for problems, and we called in the professionals at the first sign of trouble. Ever since then, we haven't had any issues. This blog is all about keeping your plumbing on point.