The drains in your home, through a series of pipes all throughout your house, take waste away from your home, to a sewer system outside, and finally to a wastewater plant. It's a water cleaning process that starts with the drains in your home. If your drains aren't working properly, it's going to cause a problem. One of the issues you may experience is slow moving drains. If your drains are moving slowly, read on for a few reasons why this may be happening.
1. You Have A Clog
If you have a clog in your drains, it's going to cause a slow draining of your water/waste. It may be in only one of the drains of your home, in which case you need to remove the clog in that particular drain. If it's a toilet for instance, try unclogging the drain using a plunger. If this doesn't do anything, you can use a small snake to remove whatever has clogged the toilet. Other drains in your home such as sinks can get unclogged using a small snake or a liquid drain clearing solution. To prevent clogs in your drains, be sure you aren't putting anything down the drains that does not belong there. Things such as feminine products, wipes and diapers for instance do not belong in the toilet. Food waste, grease and oils do not belong in your sink drains. Keep these things out to prevent a clog.
2. You Have Tree Roots Growing In Your Sewer Lines
If you have tree roots growing in and through your exterior sewer lines, it can cause a problem inside your home. Not only will you have slow drains, you'll also have backups as well, or you may hear gurgling when the drains attempt to drain the water. If you have trees growing close to your sewer lines, you could have a root problem. In this case, you may need to have a clean-out installed at your home if you don't already have one. Then this will need to be snaked to remove the tree roots. This is a big job, and it should be left to a professional if you aren't sure what you are doing.
These are just a few of the issues that could be causing your drains to run slowly. If you have this issue and you aren't sure what the problem is, hire a residential plumbing professional plumber to inspect the drain and sewer lines at your home, and have it repaired.