The Life Cycle Of A Clog

Learning about the life cycle of a clog will help you to put yourself in a better position of dealing with them when they do occur. Here is everything you should know about the development and growth of clogs in your home's plumbing system:

A clog is conceived

A clog is born when certain things go down the sink that shouldn't. Many times, grease is the culprit, especially when it comes to the sink that's located in the kitchen. You may think as long as you run hot water on a pan to liquefy the grease that it will safely make its way through the system. However, this is completely false and this way of thinking can quickly lead you to a clogged sink. As the grease cools it will settle along the sides of pipes. After this, it will gather small debris that touches it on the way down and hold on to it. The clog will get larger and larger, until it develops into a full-grown clog.

Other clogs can happen when any debris, such as food or even hair gets into kitchen and/or bathroom sinks and gather in one area. As more debris gets rinsed down, it will also add to the size of the clog until it full develops into one that gives you problems.

A clog is born

Once a clog has achieved full maturity, it will cause the water to back up in the sink, so it won't go down the drain like it is supposed to. When it gets to this point, you will need to get the clog out of its 'womb'. There are different methods you can use to do this. The quickest and easiest way you can do this if the clog isn't too stubborn is to use a sink plunger to cause it to break free. You want there to be enough water in the sink to cause a force of water to go into the system and force the clog free, so it moves through the system and the water will once again go down the drain.

If the plunger doesn't do the job, then you want to try a combination of vinegar and baking soda down the drain which may fizz it free, but don't try harsh chemicals or they can cause harm to your system. If this doesn't work, the problem may be in the pipes. If you aren't familiar with removing pipes, then it is best to call a plumbing service to come free up the clog for you, so you don't find yourself dealing with worse problems.