Slow drains usually occur when some kind of obstruction is preventing water from moving through the drain system quickly and efficiently. Although they may initially be more of an annoyance than a problem, they can escalate into serious issues that can cause damage to your plumbing system and home. If you have a slow drain, call your plumber to find out what is causing it and how to fix it. Here is a look at some of the most common causes of slow drains.
If your slow drain is in your shower or bathroom sink, there is a good chance that hair is the culprit. Everyone sheds hairs every day, and they tend to come out while you are showering or when you are standing over the sink fixing your hair. Even if only a few hairs enter your drain each day, eventually they will build up and cause your drain to slow down. Putting a guard over the drain will help to reduce hair buildup and keep your drains flowing smoothly.
Kitchen drains often get clogged with grease. Grease will build up in your drains when you rinse dishes and when you run your dishwasher. It helps to be conscientious about not pouring large amounts of grease, such as bacon fat, down the drain, but over time, small amounts from your plates can accumulate in your pipes and slow down your drain.
One of the most serious causes of slow drains is tree roots that penetrate the pipes. If the roots cause small cracks, the issue may not be noticeable at first, but eventually, they can grow large and take up space in the pipes, slowing down the drainage. This problem needs immediate attention by your plumber.
For help with slow drains or other common plumbing issues, call All Plumbing, Inc. We offer comprehensive plumbing services in Arlington, VA for residential and commercial properties. To schedule an appointment with a plumber, call (703) 525-7973.