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Here’s What to Do About Slow Drains

They’re not quite clear, but they’re not quite clogged… They’re just slow! Slow drains are a problem for homeowners because they leave people feeling uneasy as to whether they should call for plumbing help or just “deal” with it. While yes, a plumber in McKinney, TX can help you with your slow drain, that might not be a good enough answer for you.

Homeowners want to know what slow drains mean. Sometimes they could signal that a drain clog is forming, while other times they could mean a problem with your sewer system getting backed up. If you’re scared about what could be going on with your drains, then we’ve got you covered. Let’s talk about what you as a homeowner can do about your slow drains, what they likely signify, and why a plumber has all the right equipment to deal with them.

“Why Are My Drains Slow?”

This is a good question! Let’s start off by talking about what exactly is slowing down your drains.

  • Food waste is a big problem for drains, since it can get stuck in your pipes rather easily. This can be minimized with a mesh screen that filters it out or a garbage disposal that can more easily process the food.
  • Another big problem for drains that causes them to slow down is fats, oils, and grease. In the industry, we just call this FOG. FOG can seem like a liquid when it’s poured down the drain, but it quickly solidifies at its temperature cools down. This can be a problem that homeowners don’t notice until it’s too late.

It’s important to note whether just one drain is slowing down or if all of the drains in your home are having problems. If it’s just one drain, then it’s likely you’re dealing with a small drain clog. If it’s all the drains in your house, you might be dealing with a sewer backup which could be much harder and more expensive to get fixed.

Tools of the Trade

Drain clogs and plungers are great for clearing up a drain clog. Even if it’s just starting to form, we recommend getting familiar with these tools. They’re safe, effective, and usually a pretty cheap option for clearing a clog that’s starting to build.

Do not trust chemical drain cleaners. While these may seem like a comprehensive solution to your budding drain clog, this is just tricky advertising that’s done its job. These chemicals are caustic and they often do damage to your pipes while not always getting at the clog. They’re also hazardous to breathe in. Just avoid these kinds of chemicals and do things the old fashioned way, it’ll save you money down the line.

We Can Help You

If a normal drain snake or plunger isn’t doing the trick, or if you think you’re suffering from a whole sewer system backup, then we can help. We have access to industrial tools like hydro jets and plumber-specific drain snakes that can more easily remove a clog without harming your pipes.

Do yourself a favor and contact Hutchins Plumbing & Air Conditioning if you need help. Get it done right… Right now!

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