Learn About Common Causes of Clogged Drains and How to Treat and Prevent Clogs
What Causes Clogs?
A clogged drain is typically caused by the gradual accumulation of organic matter, hair and grease on the inside walls of drain pipes. Over time, this build-up slows down the normal flow of water through the pipe, much like cholesterol in the bloodstream. When a clump of debris or a wad of hair tries to pass through the pipe, it can become stuck and completely stop the flow. The result? A clogged bathtub or sink.
How Should I Treat Clogged Pipes?
If water backs up quickly each time the drain is used, the problem is most likely close to the drain opening in the tub or sink.
Hair clogs often form around the stopper mechanism in the first vertical section (A). To unclog a drain where hair is the culprit, use Drano® Max Gel Clog Remover.
Most clogs that form in the trap (B) are caused by foreign objects. While a drain cleaner or clog remover can provide temporary relief by removing debris around the foreign object, the object will eventually have to be removed.
Clogs can also be caused by build-up in the lateral section of the pipe (C). Use a clog remover to treat slow-running or clogged drains; use Drano® Max Build-Up Remover to prevent clogs from recurring.
How Can I Prevent a Clogged Drain?
Used regularly, Drano® Max Build-Up Remover can keep your pipes free from the plaque-like build-up that is responsible for most clogs. Build-up removers utilize natural enzymes to continuously eat away at build-up and prevent its accumulation from causing future plumbing problems. Just pour two ounces of Drano® Max Build-Up Remover in every drain, once or twice a month, to help keep your pipes clean and free flowing.