It Could Be as Simple as a Clogged Drain
You might know the most common causes for burst pipes, such as freezing, expanding water and high water pressure. But do you know what else causes pipes to burst that seems fairly innocent enough? The answer is a clogged drain. Usually, it’s just a nuisance. You have issues such as water not going down the drain fast enough, your sink is overflowing, or your shower water turning into a bath. But if left alone, that annoying clog can turn into a major plumbing problem.
Let’s quickly go over how a clogged drain can lead to a burst pipe, and then J Blanton of Chicago will give you a few tips to make sure this never happens in your home!
How a Small Clog Can Lead to a Major Burst
You might be tempted to leave some clogs unattended. Afterall, you probably have a lot of things to do, and a slow-moving drain isn’t always a priority. But it is important that you deal with clogs in a timely manner if you want to make sure the rest of your plumbing is spared damage.
This is because clogs can cause increased water pressure, which puts a lot of strain on your pipes. Luckily, most clogs are fairly easy to resolve.
Get Rid of Clogs in a Snap
The experienced plumbers at J Blanton have a few tips that will work for clearing clogs quickly now or in the future, regardless of which drain the clog is located in:
For Slow Drains – If the drain is emptying but is doing so slowly, the best solution is to pour down a cleaner. To avoid harsh chemicals that can be harmful to your health and your plumbing, try a solution of baking soda and vinegar, and let that sit for a few hours before flushing water through.
For Fully Blocked Drains – You’ll need a manual technique for these types of clogs. A plunger is a good tool if there is proper suction. If that doesn’t work, try a drain snake or an auger. The drain snake will be a little more cost effective.
Thanks for stopping by jblantonplumbing.com! We hope we’ve helped you learn a little bit more about how to take preventive action so that you can avoid expensive pipe replacement and water damage due to clogged drains in the future!