The Effects of a Clogged Drain on Your Pipes
Clogged drains can lead to foul smelling odors, leaky and damaged pipes, and even the growth of harmful bacteria an pathogens.
A clogged drain can be very frustrating. Not only do they reduce the water flow in your home, but they pose other dangers as well. Clogged pipes can cause massive leaks and damage throughout your home while leaving clogged drains and leaking pipes can put you and your loved ones in danger of health risks.
Signs of A Clogged Drain
There are numerous signs of clogged drains in your home. Clogged drains may cause you to have higher water bills. If you notice that the drain in your sink, shower, bathtub, or laundry room seems to be pooling water and not draining quickly this could mean a blockage is occurring. If you hear your drain bubbling and it has an ill-smelling odor, this could be a sign of a backed-up and clogged drain, letting bacteria grow.
Things You Shouldn’t Be Putting Down the Drains
Although you may be tempted to constantly dump food down your kitchen drain and use the disposal, you should consider what you’re putting down your kitchen sink. Fatty oils and grease should never be going down your sink, they will solidify and cause backups. Also, eggshells, large amounts of vegetables, and fruit peels, and any nonfood items should not be going down your disposal.
The rules of thumb also apply to toilets. Avoid massive amounts of toilet paper at one time, baby wipes, and anything like paper towels, floss, diapers, or medications. The bathroom
drains should be cleaned regularly of hair. Avoid using massive amounts of soap and thicker toothpaste.
Effects of A Clogged Drain on Pipes And Your Health
Leads to Larger Leaks- A clogged drain can eventually cause massive cracks in your pipes. Clogs in your drain can travel down to your pipes and further cause pressure and growth of bacteria. These leaks can begin to slowly flood your home or crack and break a pipe completely, causing a massive flood. It’s best to clean drains immediately to avoid further damages to pipes.
Causes Allergy Issues- Leaky pipes and clogged drains can cause the growth of mold and bacteria in your home due to the stagnant water and deteriorating food. These can cause eye, nose, and throat irritation. It can cause congestion and difficulty breathing as well as coughing and sneezing. Clogging also causes horrendous odors in your home, making it a space difficult to live in.
Exposure to Mildew and Mold- this is a dangerous reality of clogged pipes and drains. They cause the growth of mold and mildew due to stagnant water. This can result in similar symptoms like sneezing coughing and in worse cases shortness of breath, coughing and tightening of the chest.
It can also cause skin rashes and irritation from the dirty water exposure. It also creates the perfect breeding ground for certain diseases like lymphatic filariasis.
Call An Expert
Do you think that your drain is clogged and causing damage to your pipes and health? Give us a call! We offer camera inspections to find out why your drain or pipe is becoming clogged and clear it. We offer drain cleanings to ensure that you and your loved ones don’t experience the not so favorable effect of clogged drains and pipes.