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Clogged Drains
Written by Elizabeth Wood
Editor In Chief, United Home Improvement


Clogged drains tend to occur at the most horrid times, causing much unanticipated stress over figuring out a quick resolution. Often, the problem is simple. Typically it is due to a clogged toilet drain or tub drain. In rare occasions there may be a heavy duty blockage in the main sewage line.

There are many places in the house where a clogged drain may occur. The kitchen sink, bathroom sink, and bathroom tub are common places as well. In a bathroom tub, the build up of hair is usually the leading cause of a clogged drain. This can be fixed by running boiling hot water down the drain, or by using a plunger or hand auger.

The smell of sewage backing up is usually the first indicator that the drain blockage is happening at more than one location. At this point is in your best interest to call for processional help from a local plumber.

Sometimes the sewage back up is related to the line running from your house to the main line running to your street. Certain locations have issues related to tree roots that tend to interfere with main pipe lines. You will typically have problems with drainage backing up in your basement if this is the issue. An easy and cheap way to kill tree roots is by using copper sulfate. This chemical will destroy roots that are forming in the bottom of the pip line.

Keeping your sewage system up to par is very important to your home. I'm sure the people in your family would agree that having a properly functioning sewage system is definitely a must. However, sometimes even when we do keep our pipes clean, something will still go wrong.

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