Think about how peaceful it feels to be freshly clean getting out of the shower. Warm water, dry towel, and the lingering scent of your favorite soap and shampoo. Take a deep breath, you’re ready to start your day.
Now imagine this: You step out of the shower, barefoot, into a pool of water — filthy toilet water.
All over the floor and on the bottoms of your feet.
If you have a clogged drain, a toilet spewing waste can happen without warning.
Household Drains that Clog:
Read on to learn why your drains clog, what can happen if you ignore it, and why tackling them yourself can be dangerous to your health and plumbing.
Drain Clogs: What Happens to YOU?
A drain clog is a buildup of debris blocking the pipe leading from your drain out of your house. If you have a clogged drain, several different plumbing maladies can happen to you.
Worst Case Scenario: Drain Backups
If even a partial clog blocks your drain, everything you send down can come back up. Think about all of the nasty gunk you flush down the drain on a daily basis.
You wash hair, bacteria and soap down your bathroom sinks and showers.
You dump old food scum down your kitchen sink.
And we don’t want to get into what you flush down the toilet.
A simple clog sends it all charging back up.
Let’s say one of your guests needs to use the bathroom, and that’s when the contents of your toilet show up uninvited. Embarrassing…to say the least.
No matter how often you clean your bathroom, no matter how many scented candles and Glade plugins you buy, you always smell the stink of sewage.
Primarily a bathroom issue, foul odor wafting directly from your drains is a sign you have a serious clog.
Something to consider: if you can smell the sewage and you live with it every day, any guests that use your bathroom, are guaranteed to notice and be DISGUSTED.
The debris clogging your pipe inhibits the normal function of your plumbing, meaning slow draining or flushing.
Inefficient sink or toilet drains waste your time, and in some cases, turn your stomach.
This is the first step towards your worst case scenario. Take this as a warning. You might not get another one.
Where Clogs Come From?
Drain clogs form through everyday use in any drain at any time. Each different type of drain clogs for different reasons.
Toilet paper and “biological matter” can cling to or get stuck in pipes. Especially older pipes.
Hair and soap are your biggest culprits here. Hair, in particular, is notorious among plumbers for its ability to block drains.
Food waste and grease block your drains. Scraping food into the garbage limits this clogging issue.
Like your shower, hair and soap block the sink drain. In addition, toothpaste and shaving cream can form clogs as well.
Can I handle this on my own?
Unless you went to school for it, you shouldn’t try. You can injure yourself, damage your plumbing (particularly if it’s old), and waste your money and time.
Chemical drain cleaners are sold in almost every type of retailer, from your local pharmacy to Amazon. However, that doesn’t make them remotely safe.
Composed of either a strong base or acid, the liquid drain cleaner can destroy your pipes as well as the clog it is meant to target. Drain cleaner erodes PVC pipes and metal pipes in particular. Imagine taking a small problem like a clogged drain and turning into a total drainage system replacement. No thank you!
What’s more, people hurt themselves every year using chemical drain cleaner. A lack of proper ventilation can cause respiratory irritation or death. Spilling it on your skin creates a severe and excruciating chemical burn.
In spite of all the potential danger, drain cleaners don’t rank as the most effective way to clear a clogged drain anyway.
Professional-Grade Plumbing Equipment
If you want to clear your drains effectively, you want professional-grade plumbing equipment. Hardware stores do rent this caliber of equipment to DIYers, but they charge more than $100 per day.
You’re not saving any money at that price, and you aren’t guaranteed to be satisfied with your results either.
The bottom line: if you want to purge your clogged drains, you need professional-level skills, tools and know-how.
You know that clogged drains put you at risk for a nasty, germ-infested surprise. You know that clogged drains could humiliate you in front of your friends. And you know that they come from the daily use of your showers, sinks, and toilets.
What can you do?
Call the professionals at Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® of Lancaster.
First of all, we’ll answer all of your drain related questions.
After that, we will immediately find and clear clogs anywhere in your system.
Finally, we’ll get you started on a preventative debris-annihilating plan, to keep you free of disgusting clogs, forever.
Contact Us to have a conversation.