April 07, 2022
Why Are My Floor Drains Overflowing?
Floor drains provide an outlet for unwanted wastewater and prevent flooding if a water pipe breaks and lets water into your house. These drains are installed in various areas of a home, including the basement, garage, laundry room, kitchen, and other indoor and outdoor areas. Floor drains ensure the floor stays dry by directing water to a sewer system or storm drain.
Like other drains in a home, floor drains can overflow due to various reasons. Overflowing floor drains can cause flooding in a house and create unsanitary conditions.
Below are common causes of overflowing floor drains and what you can do to solve the problem.
Foreign Matter in Drain Pipes
A wide range of foreign objects may find their way into your floor drains and create a blocked drain line. Things like food waste, grease, hair, tree roots, and small objects can block the drain pipes connected to your floor drains and cause overflowing.
You can prevent this problem by installing a screen or drain gate to cover the opening of your floor drains. Another easy way to prevent drain clogging is by regularly flushing your drains with hot water.
For blockages caused by tree root intrusion, you’ll need to call a skilled plumber to assess your drain lines and get rid of the roots before they cause big problems.
If you have hard water, the minerals present in the water can build up in the drain pipes connected to your floor drains and cause obstruction. If you do not clear the mineral buildup in your drain lines regularly, the buildup will accumulate over time and reduce the internal diameter, resulting in blockage.
Preventing mineral buildup in your drain lines is key to avoiding blockages that would result in overflowing floor drains. You can prevent mineral buildup by flushing your drain lines with white vinegar and baking soda every now and then. Another easy way to prevent mineral buildup in your drain lines is by installing a water softener in your home to get rid of the minerals before the water enters your plumbing.
If your drain lines are completely blocked as a result of mineral buildup, your pipes will have to be replaced.
If the temperatures drop to at least 20 degrees Fahrenheit, your drainage pipes may become blocked with ice, causing your drains to overflow. The best way to prevent drain lines from freezing is to install insulated drain pipes and leave the heat on, especially in areas that are prone to freezing such as the garage, basement, and attic.
What To Do When You Have Overflowing Floor Drains
If your floor drains are overflowing, you need to find a solution quickly to prevent water damage in your home and other problems. If the problem cannot be resolved using a plumbing snake, ensure you call an experienced plumber to provide you with an effective solution.
Contact Beall Contracting today for drain cleaning and all of your plumbing needs.