In some cases, a clogged drain may develop slowly over time. You may notice that water drains out of the tub or sink more slowly with each use, for example. These clogs can be bothersome to deal with, and they can become progressively worse with regular use of the plumbing fixture.
In other cases, a clog may develop suddenly with some sewer and stormwater problems. An example would be a sink drain that worked fine one minute but seemed to almost instantaneously develop a clog as you used it. These clogs often result in the inability to use the sink, tub, or shower until the clog is removed.
Common Sources of Blockages
There are several different reasons why a drain may become clogged. One of the most common causes is a foreign object such as food particles, sanitary napkins, children's toys, and more. These items are not intended to go down a drain, and they can easily create a clog by blocking the passage of water through the pipes.
Additional causes of clogs involve trash that stores in pipes over time, and that may be detergent trash, wax, personal hair, and more. Exterior drains can also become blocked from debris, but this debris most generally involves petals, buds, dirt run-off from a huge rainstorm, and more.
Once you have identified common causes of clogs, you can take adequate steps to prevent a clog from developing. For example, you can be more alert and aware of the items that go down your drain.
You can educate kids and others in your home about items that are appropriate to go down drains. These steps can help you to minimize the development of clogs in your drains. In some cases, clogs will develop despite your best efforts.
For example, with regular use of soaps in the shower, a drain may develop. During a rainstorm, an exterior clog may develop through heavy rain runoff. When a clog does develop you may need to call a plumber for assistance.