You know you need a plumber when your drain is clogged, but there are things you can do to prevent clogging and maintain your drain. Repairing a clogged drain can get expensive, especially when the clog has built up over time. Clogged drains can be caused by tree roots puncturing pipes in the ground, flushing food scraps down the toilet, flushing dense paper products and flushing feminine hygiene products.
It is easy to avoid dense paper products and flushing food down the toilet, but these are not the only types of clogs. Root intrusion from trees may also cause clogs and disrupt your system. However, it is difficult to see when tree roots puncture your plumbing system. Root intrusion occurs when a pipe has a leak and tree roots are attracted to the moisture. They then surround and puncture the pipe, creating more leaks, cracks and holes, thereby weakening your system. Over time, root intrusion causes major clogs. However, there are ways to maintain your system and prevent clogging or root intrusion:
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