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Is Your Sink Backed Up? Here’s Why

clearing-a-blocked-drainSo you’ve found yourself in the middle of a plumbing pickle. You go to run water down the sink and notice that your drain starts to bubble, gurgle, or that water just pools in the basin because your sink is backed up. It’s a tough spot to be in, but a problem like this doesn’t have to set the entire course of your day off track.

If you need a plumber in Missouri City, TX, you can contact our professional team. We have more than the right tools to get the job done—we also have the best-trained technicians on our team that can service your home in a flash. Come to us when you need expert work that’s going to keep your home functioning smoothly.

Getting to the Root of the Issue

Drain clogs in the kitchen or bathroom sink are some of the most common calls that we get at our company. Kitchen sinks back up for a variety of reasons. These sinks usually take a beating from the number of things that travel down them. Homeowners tend to go a little harder of their kitchen sink because they think that their garbage disposal can handle just about anything. This isn’t the case though, you can avoid a drain clog in the future by avoiding these items:

  • FOG: “FOG” is an acronym that stands for fat, oil, and grease. These are three things that shouldn’t ever go down your drain. FOG that travels down your drain will eventually cool down and solidify over time. When other items travel down your kitchen sink, they’ll get caught in the FOG and create a clog.
  • Peels and Rinds: Any peel or rind on any item that you have in your home should end up in the trash. Sending these items down your sink drain can result in a major clog in a short amount of time.
  • Pits: Seeds or pits should go down your trash as well. You might think that a relatively small pit can travel down your sink without a problem but having these items rattle around your system can cause a clog or even damage the blades of your garbage disposal.
  • Grounds: Make sure any and all coffee grounds stay out of your drain. Coffee grounds create a sludge-like substance similar to FOG that can contribute to clogs.

You can sidestep a plumbing disaster in your bathroom by avoiding these issues:

  • Hair: It’s time to invest in a drain strainer! Hair is one of the leading culprits that can lead to a clog in your bathroom. Avoiding the hair altogether can help you avoid a plumbing headache in the future.
  • Soap Scum: Soap scum is the white residue that tarnishes your bathroom and hardware. Soap scum is the result of the components in your soap mixing with the chemical compounds in hard water. You can rid your home of soap scum by eliminating hard water as a whole with a water softening system.

Contact Doug Turner Plumbing CO. today to schedule an appointment. We’ve got the best plumbing services in the Greater Sugar Land Area.

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