What is the Difference Between Hard and Soft Drain Blockages?
A blocked drain can be more than an inconvenience – it can cause damage and if black water (sewage) is involved even health problems. Sometimes you can deal with drain blockages by using a drain cleaner, sometimes nothing seems to shift it and all you can do is call a plumber.
Hard or Soft Drain
Part of the issue depends on whether you are dealing with a hard or soft blockage. A hard blockage is when some kind of debris – rock, a child’s or dog’s toy, etc – finds its way into the drain line. A soft blockage has built up over time and is often made up of hair, grease, soap scum, lime or similar. Needless to say, drain cleaner will not help with a hard blockage.
How to Prevent a Blocked Drain
Preventing blockages is better than dealing with them. For example, you should never pour grease down the drain – instead, save it in an old coffee can. Avoid throwing coffee grounds down the drain too – they make a good addition to mulch or can be sprinkled around your vegetables to deter slugs. A filter on shower drains can reduce hair build up. And, of course, never flush paper towels, diapers or sanitary products.
Cleaning Drain Blockages
Hard drain blockages are most often found in landscape drains, storm drains, garage drains, or swimming pool drainage systems, but can also show up in drains from walk-in showers where debris can be walked in or dropped into the drain. If you have a landscape or storm drain inlet on your property, then you should regularly remove the grill and clean out any debris that has gathered. Note that drain cleaners will not work with debris or dirt accumulation. Sweep fallen leaves away from the drain as quickly as possible.
If you have a drain blockage that is not responding to drain cleaners or other such home remedies, then call a professional drain cleaning service such as Kline Services – they can fix the problem quickly with their equipment and expertise.