A clogged kitchen sink is annoying no matter how it occurs, but the age of your home’s plumbing could be playing a big role in clog development. If you keep noticing sluggish draining that recurs, you may need the help of a plumber from S.A.K. to finally put an end to the problem.
Old Pipe Types
First, older homes feature copper, lead, or clay tiles that have far rougher interior surfaces than modern PVC replacements. This is especially true as the pipes corrode due to years of constant water exposure. All that corrosion and roughness catches debris that floats by like hair and soap residue, creating clogs much faster. The layout of older pipes can also exacerbate the problem if the original plumber had to add a lot of bends and twists to work around the rest of the structure. Also, years of build up on the pipe walls tighten the diameter of the pipe, allowing smaller clogs to create bigger problems.
Older pipes are also more likely to be damaged by tree roots or shifting soil, leading to a serious blockage that can only be repaired by a plumber. Failing to fix these big sewage line problems will leave you with a clogged kitchen sink that doesn’t drain no matter how many times you have it snaked. You can’t remove tree roots or even tell if they’re the cause of your drain problems on your own, so leave the major repairs to the professionals to protect your older home from damage.
If you’re not sure whether it’s the age of your pipes causing your clogged kitchen sink or something else, call us here at S.A.K. We’ll send out a plumber who is well equipped to inspect your plumbing, determine its age and condition, and make recommendations on how to replace the damaged pipes without having to re-plumb the entire house at once.