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Common Causes of Slow Drains

When a full drain clog stops up a sink in your bathroom or kitchen, it’s an issue you need to deal with immediately or else you won’t have a working sink. But slow drains are something that many people will tolerate for days and even weeks at a time, delaying with cleaning them out while putting up with the inconvenience. However, a slow drain is a major warning that a drain is on the verge of a complete blockage, and it must receive the same fast attention as a full drain stoppage. If a sink plunger won’t clear a slow drain, call for the professional plumbers at APC Plumbing & Heating to take care of it.

Regular drain cleaning in Aurora, CO has always been a part of the services that we offer, and we’ve seen a great variety of reasons for these hassles. Here are some of the most common ones; knowing about them may help you prevent slow drains and eventual clogs in the future.

  • Hair: This is main enemy of bathroom sink, tub, and shower drains. It’s difficult to prevent hair from going down these drains, although a drain cover will help. Hair will begin to catch down in the p-trap (the curved pipe section under the drain) and clot together until it starts to choke off water flow. Chemicals have little effect on these blockages and will leave the majority of the hair stuck in the pipe where it will continue to catch on to more debris that comes down the drain. Professional plumbers can fully clear these nuisances with motorized drain augers and hydro-jetting.
  • Fat, oil, and grease: These are foes of kitchen sinks. In hot liquid form, they may not seem harmful. But the problems start when they cool down and turn into solids. It only takes a short time for them to develop a coating along the inside of drain pipes that will reduce water flow. Routine drain cleaning will help prevent this build-up. You can also help by pouring our excess liquid fat, oil, and grease leftover from cooking and cleaning into a separate receptacle that goes into the trash.
  • Sewer line issues: These are serious problems that standard drain cleaning won’t solve. You will instead need to have repair work of cleaning done on the underground sewer line. If slow drains are occurring throughout the house, a blocked sewer line is the probable cause and you should have professional plumbers on the job immediately.

APC Plumbing & Heating offers both emergency and routine drain cleaning in Aurora, CO so you can take care of your drains and see they have few problems in the future. Our plumbers also handle sewer cleaning that will help prevent serious issues in the sewer line.

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