A Few Things You Should Know About Drain Pipes

A clogged drain is an annoyance, but the truth is that drain stoppages are simply a part of living in a home with plumbing. Over time, hair and other particles will begin to cling to the walls of drain pipes, and you will eventually have a stoppage. The only answer to this problem is to have the drain pipe cleaned. This is what a plumber does to a clogged pipe. He will clean the entire drain and not just clean the pipe. Your main drain line is different, and the following are a few things you should know about it.

All drain pipes connect to the main line
It is important to understand this because when you have a problem with your main line, all of your drains will be stopped up. Of course, since the closest drain connection will be one of your toilets, it is here that you will first notice the problem. You will begin to notice a slow flushing toilet, or perhaps your toilet will simply stop up.

The cause of the problem
Main lines have much larger diameters than the other drain pipes in your home, so it is rare to have a stoppage due to a build up of grime and other particles. The problem with the main line will be roots from trees and large bushes. They slowly find their way into the pipes from small seams where segments of the drain pipe connect. Similar to the way grass grows between the seams of segments of the sidewalks.

The solution
You will need to call a Naperville drain cleaning company to come out and clear the main line. They have large rooter machines with cutting blades on the tip of the coils that are designed to cut through the roots. If you can identify which tree is causing the problem, you may be able to remove it and prevent future problems, but this is not always possible.

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Another problem that can cause problems is not the roots finding their way through seems, but roots moving through cracks in your drain pipe. If this is the case, you may need to have the pipe segment replaced or sealed with epoxy.