It is a fact that most homeowners ignore slow drains, but slow drains can end up costing a lot of money. Slow flowing drains are one of the most common problems in any household, and the worst thing you can do is to ignore them.
Slow flowing drains are the first sign that there is a problem somewhere in the plumbing network in your home. It can be tempting to pour enzyme or chemical cleaners down your drains, but most plumbers will tell you that chemical cleaners can often make the problem worse.
First of all, a cleaner cannot diagnose the problem and in fact sometimes they can even make the problem worse by adding to the backlog. Diagnosing the problem, and finding out why your drains are not removing water and matter at the normal rate, is of the utmost priority. The best thing you can do is to pick up the phone, and call your plumber.
Why are my drains slowly?
There are many reasons why your drains may be slow. If it happens during the winter, it could mean that ice crystals have formed in your pipes inside of your home or outside. We often forget to check the insulation of pipe work in our homes, but it is one of the most important things that we can do to avoid unnecessary expense.
Believe it or not, leaks can lead to blockages. A leaking pipe may have been fractured, and this can stop matter from passing through at the correct flow rate.
A fractured pipe can look a bit like a fractured bone. A sharp part may stick out into the main part of the pipe, and hold on to any matter or debris that is trying pass through. The result can often be a partial or complete blockage.
When was the last time your septic tank was emptied? Slow drains can be a sign that your septic tank may need to be emptied, and no amount of drain cleaner is going to help in this situation.
Make sure that all the equipment related to your septic tank is fully functional. Septic tanks can now be fitted with devices that will measure the amount of matter within the tank. Some of the better systems even have audible alarms that will give you an indication on the status of your tank.
It is worth checking your septic tank every so often and keeping up with a regular emptying and service schedule.
Pipe work in the garden can easily become damaged by tree roots, so before you start any gardening project, it is a good idea to find out where your drains are located.
Tree roots can move pipes and even at times “strangle” them to bursting point. I have seen tree roots wrap themselves around pipes, it is therefore important to make sure that you do not plant trees next to, or in the proximity, of drains. Tree roots can stretch for long distances in their search for water, and should always be kept away from any kind of drainage or water pipe.
It is easy to think that you can fix a drainage problem yourself, but it is best to hire a contractor to resolve your plumbing problem. Most plumbing services have specialized cameras that they can send down drains to find out what is going on inside the drain.
Remember one thing, the longer you leave it the more it will cost. If, you notice a problem, call your local plumber today rather than tomorrow.