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Ask a Fort Collins Drain Cleaning Specialist: What Causes a Clog?

Posted on: November 13, 2014

Top 10 Reasons for Drain Line Stoppages

Asking what causes a clog is a loaded question, because we can’t give you just one answer. There are a number of different things that cause your drains to get stopped up; some serious, some easily reparable. But rest assured that our team of experts here at Lighten Up Plumbing, Heating, Cooling and Electric will get your drains flowing like normal in no time!

What Causes Your Drains to Clog

  1. When items are flushed down the toilet that shouldn’t be – like feminine hygiene products, toothbrushes, children’s toys, etc – the line will become clogged. Sometimes accidents happen, but if you can avoid dropping those items in the toilet, you should!
  2. If you go outside and notice debris piling up in one location, that means you have a broken line. This problem will not stop on its own and will have to be professionally addressed as soon as possible.
  3. Despite what we would all like to think, your garbage disposal cannot chew up everything you put down there. There are certain food items – stringy vegetables, potato skins, coffee grounds, to name a few – that will clog it up, or cause it to jam.
  4. Unfortunately, sometimes the backup you are experiencing has nothing to do with your plumbing directly. If the municipal government isn’t maintaining their sewer lines, you might take the brunt of someone else’s clogging problem.
  5. If you have a collapsed sewer line, there aren’t many choices out there for repair other than excavation. But, don’t worry. You can bet that we will try and fix it with as little damage as possible.
  6. Sagging sewer lines will cause your drains to run more sluggishly than normal and will sometimes cause backup issues.
  7. One of the worst problems we encounter with sewer main lines is tree roots. They infiltrate your line and take hold, strangling your pipes until nothing can make its way through. And they just don’t go away on their own. We will have to come out with our water jetting equipment to get your drains flowing again.
  8. You probably don’t think twice about throwing greasy or fatty foods down the kitchen drain. Well, it might be time to start thinking about it because grease is one of the worst culprits of clogged drain lines that we see.
  9. If your drain line breaks, it’s possible for outside debris like mud, clay, or grass to get in. Once that happens, you not only have a break to deal with, but a clog as well.
  10. Another situation that is out of your hands is if you have piping that was incorrectly installed. This is often the cause of many plumbing problems we see and the only thing we can suggest is to have it reinstalled correctly by our plumbing team!

Knowing what causes your drains to clog may help you prevent it. But, if you find yourself with one of these household nightmares, don’t hesitate to call Lighten Up Plumbing, Heating, Cooling and Electric today!

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