Common Causes for Stoppage Problems

Common Causes for Stoppage Problems


Common Causes for Stoppage Problems: Fort Lauderdale, Residential Plumbers

If your sink, toilet, or bathtub is backing up on you, it may be helpful for you to know some of the common causes for stoppage in your home plumbing. Awareness of what goes does the drain will help you protect your plumbing for years to come. Share your knowledge with your whole family and work as a team to maintain free-flowing water.


Different Types of Stoppages and How to Prevent Reoccurrence


Kitchen Sink

How it happens: Rinsing oil and fat down the sink is the best way to clog it up. Even if you have a garbage disposal, sitting oil eventually hardens up and coats the inside of your pipes.

How to prevent it: Take the time to wipe off food scraps (especially meat products which are among the hardest to break down) and excess oils from your plate into the garbage can before rinsing it off in the sink. Install a drain filter to catch bits of debris.


Bathroom Drains

How it happens: Showering off oils, creams, and hair clumps up in your pipes. These forms of waste are all slow to break down.

How to prevent it: Install a drain filter and make a habit of cleaning the filter out into your bathroom trashcan after every shower or bath.



How it happens: Too much paper and other wastes not designed to flush down the toilet (i.e. wipes, sanitary pads, small toys, dead fish, etc.) will eventually cause drain stoppage.

How to prevent it: Only flush bodily waste and toilet paper. Use good judgment when you need to separate what goes in your toilet in more than one flush.


Outside Causes for Stoppage Problems


Tree Roots

Large enough tree roots may creep into your drains and, sometimes, even break them. A build up of outside contaminants (i.e. mould, dirt, twigs, leaves, etc.) can also stop up your drains.


Copper or Steel Pipes

If your pipes were made from copper or galvanized steel, these materials degrade over time. Aside from the accumulation of particles of degrading pipes, any event of overflow may create a health hazard for you and, potentially, your neighbors.


Sewer System Back Up

This is the worst! Sometimes the whole sewer system clogs up through the collective efforts from your whole neighborhood. You know you’re dealing with a sewage issue when you have multiple drain stoppages and bad odors billowing up from drain openings.


Should you use drain cleaner for your stoppage problems?

The problem with using over-the-counter drain cleaners is the effect it has on the longevity of your pipes. These cleaners are often highly caustic and they contaminate water supplies while eating away at your pipes. These cleaners are limited in their ability to break down hair build up in your bathroom tub.

For minor blockages, you may be able to use a plunger. While you may be familiar with plunger use for minor toilet clogging, plungers may also help in the sink and the bathtub. Make sure you cover the overflow hole near the ridge of your sink bowl to avoid squirting water everywhere while you plunge.

Call the Veteran plumbers in Fort Lauderdale to assist with major stoppage problems. Plumbers have the appropriate drain snakes and environmentally safe cleaners to thoroughly assess and clear your pipes.

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As a homeowner, you may have a few essentials tools on hand to cope with plumbing emergencies. For example, most bathrooms will have a plunger available for clogged toilets or drains. You may also keep a pipe wrench on hand to tackle basic repairs. However, there are many issues that call for the professional knowledge and experience of a certified plumber. Some common plumbing problems you may encounter are:

  • Blockages and leaks. If you have a toilet or sewer line blockage, it is not always easy to fix with a plunger. Professional plumbers have specialized equipment to diagnose and repair the problems. Hidden leaks in a faucet or toilet can sometimes be hard to detect for the average homeowner. These leaks, if not addressed, can cause severe structural damage to sheetrock, plaster and flooring.
  • Running toilets. Do you need to jiggle the toilet flushing handle to stop the toilet from running? This will probably require replacement of some inner components, like the flapper valve and float. There are some over-the-counter kits you can purchase to replace the parts, but a professional plumber can produce a longer-lasting effect by repairing the toilet with better quality products.
  • Frozen pipes. This usually occurs in colder climates, but even homes in warmer climates can be taken by surprise by a cold snap. Homes in warmer climates usually lack the protective insulation that is used to wrap pipes to prevent freezing. Freezing pipes can burst and cause devastating results.
  • Faucet repair/replacement. Have you ever tried sleeping when a faucet is dripping within earshot? It’s not only annoying, but can waste gallons and gallons of water if not fixed promptly. Faucets can be repaired by replacing the worn washers in them, but it may more economical in the long run to replace the entire faucet, due to the unavailability of parts for older models.
  • Repair/replace water heaters. It’s very unpleasant to jump in the shower and find that there is no hot water. Professional plumbers can repair or replace both electric and gas hot water heaters, which each can have different issues. Problems with gas water heaters are often caused by a faulty gas control valve that causes the pilot light to go out. Electric water heaters may require the heating element to be replaced. There are also safety devices that are important to be installed/repaired, like the temperature and pressure relief valves, to prevent the water heater from exploding in the home.


Call Veterans Plumbing in Ft. Lauderdale today for all your plumbing problems!

With over 20 years of experience, Veterans Plumbing provides the Ft. Lauderdale, FL area with a variety of professional plumbing services.  We offer prompt and reliable service to sump pumps, water heaters, faucets, sinks, water lines, sewers, garbage disposals, toilets, and more at reasonable rates. Our team of expert plumbers and drain cleaners are dedicated in providing the best possible solutions for all your plumbing problems or drain repair solutions. We take pride in providing efficient plumbing services that match your needs and your budget.

Veterans Plumbing is solely owned and operated by Joseph Guilbert. Joseph has 28 years of plumbing experience. The company received its special name because Joseph wanted to honor those that served.Joseph served as a Paratrooper in the 509th PIR and the 82nd Airborne Division from 1976 to 1980.


We offer our customers:

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We are available 24/7 for your convenience.  We answer every call personally!  Call Veterans Plumbing any time for an emergency, inspection or to schedule routine service.  We look forward to serving you!