Slow Drains at home? Here are some of the reasons why!

Have you noticed your drains are running slowly? It may be hard to pinpoint the main issue or blockage though. The problem could be right at the pipe opening, farther down the pipe, or anywhere in the drain line. A slow drain may not seem like a big dilemma but should be dealt with quickly to avoid major clogs, sewage backup, or further damage to the pipes.


The first important step is to see if there is a clog in the drain trap or the fixture. For this, you can call a plumber or the do-it-yourselfer can handle the blockage if the cause of the backup can be visually identified. Make note that you should never use chemical drain cleaners in your pipes. Using any chemical drain cleaning products can cause a bigger problem and even erode the inside of the pipes, damaging them permanently. If you cannot see the origin of the backup then you may have a larger drainage issue.


A licensed plumbing company can locate clogs further down your drain lines. In many instances, your main drain line can cause backups into your home---if you have water backing up into floor-level drains, then you definitely need to get a plumber on-site to diagnose what is wrong. A licensed professional plumbing company can pinpoint the cause of the slow-moving wastewater or blockage using drain cleaning tools and sewer camera equipment.


You may have a sewer line clog caused by something that was flushed down the toilet or from normal build-up over time. Clogs could be anywhere down your line causing sewage to back up. Do you have older pipes? There could also be a problem with tree root intrusion. When roots infiltrate your pipes they may begin to crack the pipe, break into it, and block proper drainage. Sometimes it's major breaks or collapses that occur in your mainline. A cracked or crushed line can cause sewage flooding outside your house and other damage, and of course, stop any waste flow out to the street or septic tank. No matter how simple or involved the issue is, it's fixable, but you'll want to find a drain specialist to diagnose and recommend solutions to you, the homeowner.


When you have established the need for any type of professional plumbing work---especially if we're talking drain problems---call upon us at Aardvark Rooter. First and foremost, we have drain experts and specialize in drain and sewer line issues. We always provide quality, professional service, after expert diagnosis, and at an affordable price. Aardvark uses sewer camera inspection technology to find the problems with drainage, and we can clear lines, break up roots, hydro-jet to break up grease or other tough clumps, and/or replace a broken section of line. We do it all! If you have any questions about your drains give us a call today! 253-946-4158​