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What Kind of Drain Clog am I Dealing With?

Post By Amanda LaForest

No matter what kind of commercial business you run, chances are that you’ve had to deal with a drain clog at least once and know how inconvenient they can be. From slow-draining sinks to odd smells, the indicators of a drain clog can be pretty obvious as well as unpleasant. Left unchecked, drain clogs will only get worse over time, until they eventually stop water from draining at all. This can eventually lead to serious damage to your plumbing system, and bring with it costly repairs. That’s why it is important to understand how and where clogs form, and what you can do to clear them.                                                              

What Can Cause a Clog? 

There are many different things that can cause drain clogs, which is why they are such a universal problem. For hair salons and dog groomers, hair washed down drains can combine with soap scum to form clogs. For restaurants, grease and oil are the most common culprits, as they cling to pipe walls and catch bits of food that get washed off of dishes. Even retail businesses and offices have to worry about clogs, as employees and customers can unknowingly flush inappropriate items down drains and toilets.

The best way to try and deal with clogs is to prevent them in the first place. Make sure your drains have strainers to catch hair or other debris like food or bits of paper. Kitchens should dispose of cooking grease and oil in appropriate containers to reduce what goes down your drains. And all bathrooms, whether used by staff or customers, should have signs that tell users not to flush anything other than toilet paper down the drains.

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      Where Can a Clog Form?

      There are two types of drain clogs: localized clogs, and mainline clogs. Localized clogs are the most common, and form in the small pipes that lead out from your sink drains. These types of clogs will lead to slow-draining sinks, or even standing water if the clog is packed tightly enough. These types of clogs are the simplest to deal with, as they are typically within a few feet of the drain. Mainline clogs, however, can be more difficult to clear because they are further into your plumbing system. It is very important that they be cleared as soon as possible, however, as they can lead to nasty problems like toilets that don’t flush and sewage backups inside of your building.

      Should I use a Drain Opener or Drain Cleaner?

      While some people may be worried about using a drain cleaner for commercial clogs, it is, in fact, a fast and easy way to help address your drain issues. We offer many different products to help address any clog that your business may have to deal with. Dealing with a hair or grease clog? Our DISSOLVE Drain Opener is formulated to deal with these organic-based clogs. Our Enzyme Drain Cleaner is also a great option for kitchens, as it degrades fats, oils, greases, starches, proteins, cellulose, sludge, and other food waste. Do you have a clogged toilet? Try POWDER PLUNGER Toilet Clog Remover, a revolutionary powder formula that breaks down the most common toilet clog culprits.

      No matter which of these products you choose, you can rest assured that each one of them is specially designed to not only be safe for your pipes but to also take care of your clogs as quickly as possible.

       

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