Drain Cleaning & Repair Experts in San Mateo County
A clogged drain is extremely frustrating. Not only does it slow everything down, but it can create bigger problems if the drain should eventually burst. Fortunately, our team at One Source Plumbing is available to offer fast solutions. For any San Francisco drain line repair and cleaning, give us a call. Our advanced equipment of augers and snakes can reach even the deepest clogs within a drain in San Mateo County.
How Does a Blocked Drain Occur?
Every homeowner is familiar with that sinking feeling that occurs when the water simply won't go down the drain. But what causes a clogged drain in the first place? There is no one thing that leads to the blockage; instead, matter steadily accumulates in the narrow pipe. As different objects get wedged in the channel, grease, and soap scum help to solidify the clog. Eventually, the usual flow of water cannot get past all the build-up. Over time, the debris becomes so thick that it cuts off the ability of water to go down at all, so it begins to pool in the sink.
What Is Clogging Up My Drain?
Even though there are technically many kinds of items that could lead to a clogged drain, certain substances do this more often than others. Learning what could be clogging the drains in a bathroom or kitchen can help homeowners avoid this in the future.
Some of the most common contributors to drain clogs include:
- Too much toilet paper
- Paper towels
- Sanitary napkins and hygiene products
- Hair or fur
- Soap scum
- Remnants of lotion and makeup
- Grease, fat, and oil
- Gristle and bone from meat products
- Coffee grounds
- Seeds and peels from fruits and vegetables
- Keys, toys, hair ties, tools, and other oddly-shaped objects
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For small clogs, it may be possible for homeowners themselves to unblock a drain with a common plunger. The plunger will suck the blockage back up the drain, where it can be removed and thrown away. However, a larger or more stubborn obstacle will mean professional unclogging is required. Expert plumbers will be able to use special tools that are designed to tackle even the toughest clogs.
One of these tools is known as an auger or a snake. Unlike a plunger, which pulls up obstacles, an auger forces the clogged matter further down the drain. Thanks to its hard, tough head (also called a “boring gimlet”), the snake can break the debris up into little pieces. The parts that are left over are then washed into the large sewer system, away from the now-clean drain. The benefit of coming to professionals like our experts at One Source Plumbing is total peace of mind.