Plumbing stoppages can come in all shapes and sizes. And there are many reasons for those stoppages. An investigation may be needed to determine the cause. But sometimes, you can see the buildup right there, and you can easily remove it. If so, you are lucky and may want to take steps to avoid future clogs. The following is a list of the common causes of plumbing stoppages in homes.
- Food and Bathroom Waste
- Exterior Influences
- Old or Out of Date Pipes
Indeed, a homeowner should know all they care to know about the various moving parts of the home. That way, if the unthinkable happens, you’ll know to do yourself a favor and call Flow Pros Plumbing right away in the Pinellas and Tampa Bay areas.
Signs of A Stoppage
You would think the signs were obvious, but the issue is not always as clear. For example, if you shower and the water goes to a trickle, you most likely have a stoppage. Or is the drain just won’t seem to do its job and drain. However, the problem could be much deeper in the lines. Here are some of the apparent reasons as to why your pipes keep stopping up.
- If water seems to back up or gurgle when you flush the toilet. You may have clogged pipes.
- What if your toilet or shower bubbles up or overflows when you run things like the washing machine, that is another clue there is a backup in the line somewhere.
- Likewise, if the shower, sinks, and toilet don’t seem to want to drain, there is an issue. Somewhere you have a stoppage that needs removal.
- Is there a strange rotten smell coming from your water sources or drains? That could be because of a stoppage that will need help moving along the pipes.
When there is an issue like any of the above, you will need to contact your local plumbing professionals to come out and assess the situation. So, if you are in the Pinellas or Hillsborough County areas, call Flow Pros to come out ASAP.
Avoiding Plumbing Stoppages
There are plenty of things you and your family can do to avoid those pesky stoppages. Here are a few of our suggestions from the plumbing experts at Flow Pros.
- Try a plunger, not a chemical drain cleaner.
- Keep fats, oils, and starchy or sticky substances from going into the kitchen drain line.
- Bathroom drains should be cleared of hair periodically, especially if anyone has longer hair in the family.
- Only human waste and toilet paper go in the toilets.
In the case of a mishap, you will need a professional to come to take a look and diagnose the problem. Contact Flow Pros as soon as you recognize an issue.
Fixing a stoppage can be easy in some cases and much more complex and time-consuming in others. There are definite things to try at home. But if you want it done right the first time, call your local plumber for the right way to fix the stoppage.
Here are a few things you can try while waiting on the experts.
- Remove any visible hair or gunk in the drain with a coat hanger or a plunger.
- Run boiling water down the drain to loosen buildup.
- A baking soda and vinegar combination may help bubble the clog out or through.
- If you have a “snake,” use the correct one.
Otherwise, when you have a plumbing emergency, our team will be right out. We are ready to help you get the water flowing again quickly and affordably.
Flow Pros Takes Plumbing Stoppages Seriously
If you need a plumber to diagnose an issue in your home, you can trust the friendly plumbers at Flow Pros Plumbing. When you call us, you can bet your plumber will be right out to guide you through the entire repair or replacement. Count on our team’s friendly and knowledgeable service to work for you, often on the same day.
Creating customer loyalty is one of our highest goals. So you can trust our training and professionalism for all your plumbing stoppages.