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Slow Drain

Does it take forever for water to drain from your sink or tub? This guide explores what’s actually behind a slow drain and how to fix it.

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Few things are more obnoxious than staring down the sink and waiting eons for water to drain after doing dishes. Or standing in ankle-deep water during a shower because the tub drain’s slower than molasses.

Slow drains waste your time, and they could indicate a larger problem. Let’s look at why they happen and how to make your water flow again.

What is a Slow Drain?

A slow drain refers to any drain in your home that takes longer than normal to remove water. Drains should quickly whisk away water from sinks, tubs, showers, and other fixtures. But over time, drainage speed can decrease due to buildup, clogs, or other problems. 

Signs of a slow drain include water draining slowly and pooling, gurgling sounds, toilets that don’t fully clear, and decreased flow. Even a moderate slowdown allows water to pool and stagnate, creating an inconvenience and breeding bacteria.

What Causes a Slow Drain?

Drains can go from fast to slow for a variety of reasons. Most causes stem from prolonged use allowing a buildup of gunk. Eventually, this leads to a clogged drain. Identifying the specific root cause is key to fixing the issue.

Some common causes of decreased drainage speed include:

  • Accumulated debris and grime in drain pipes
  • Partial or complete clogs from grease, hair, soap scum, etc.
  • Improper slope of drain lines preventing adequate water flow
  • Issues with the main sewer line connected to fixtures
  • Old corroded or damaged drain pipes

Diagnosing the specific reason for reduced drainage allows plumbers to recommend the right solutions to restore proper water flow speed through the drains. Tackling the underlying issue— not just the symptoms— is key to long-lasting results.

Can You Fix a Slow Drain?

Luckily, it’s possible to get a slowpoke drain back up to speed. Heavy-duty liquid drain cleaners or a plunger can help temporarily.

But for a real long-term fix, you’ve got to address what’s actually causing the slow drainage. That’s why it’s always best to call in a professional team like A1 Sewer & Drain.

How to Fix a Slow Drain

To get your drains flowing freely again, professional technicians may use one or more of these techniques:

  • Using a powered snaking tool to clear out blockage
  • High-pressure water jetting of drain lines
  • Repositioning or replacing improperly sloped pipes
  • Installing a sump pump for basement floor drains
  • Re-piping damaged sections of drain line

A1 Sewer & Drain will ensure the job is done right, so your drains empty quickly for years to come. Our work is guaranteed to outperform temporary fixes.

Why You Should Address Plumbing Issues Now

It’s important to deal with plumbing problems as soon as they arise rather than putting them off. Minor issues like slow drains often worsen over time, leading to more headaches and costly repairs down the road. 

Catching problems early when they are smaller and simpler to fix can prevent extensive damage. Plus, prompt repair improves convenience and avoids the frustrations of malfunctioning plumbing.

Lingering issues also present health hazards, as backups and standing water can breed bacteria. Investing in timely maintenance is the wise proactive approach that saves money, prevents damage, and keeps your plumbing effective for years to come. 

Don’t wait until your slow drain becomes completely clogged; take action now while the problem is still easily correctable.

Contact A1 Sewer & Drain for Permanent Solutions to Slow Drains

Slow drains can make tasks like bathing and washing dishes a hassle by causing water to pool and back up. Over time, the gradual buildup of hair, soap scum, and other debris can impede proper water flow through the drains.

Identifying and addressing the specific cause, whether it’s a localized clog or an issue with the main line, provides the best solution.

The drain professionals at A1 Sewer & Drain have the high-tech tools to diagnose your slow drainage issue accurately. We can then use methods like snaking, jetting, or re-sloping pipes to remove obstructions and restore free-flowing drains. Our services provide permanent solutions, not just temporary unclogging.

Contact A1 Sewer & Drain to schedule an inspection with our team. Our technicians will get to the bottom of what’s slowing your water flow and recommend customized solutions for fast, reliable drainage throughout your home!

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If just one fixture has a slow drain, it likely indicates a localized clog or issue affecting that specific drain line. Buildup in the sink’s p-trap or pipes needs to be cleared.

Kitchen sinks clog more easily due to grease and food buildup. Using a strainer and avoiding pouring fats/oils down the drain helps prevent kitchen clogs.

Chemical drain cleaners can damage pipes and health. It’s safer and more effective to hire a professional to properly diagnose and unclog drains.

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