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How Dangerous Are Clogged Pipes


We’ve all had our pipes get clogged from time to time. Whether it’s a blockage of food from the kitchen sink or a slow buildup of minerals and sediments from a natural water source, clogs are annoying to deal with and can be even more annoying to fix. However, untreated pipe clogs can cause a lot of other problems as well. 

Structural Damage

When there’s a clog, water can’t go anywhere. It’s still going to try, though, and that’s why clogged pipes can end up leading to leaking or bursting pipes. Leaks and bursts are expensive to deal with, expensive to fix, and can potentially cause damage to your property, so it’s important to fix the clog before this happens.

In the worst-case scenario, this damage can become a flood, destroying your house and requiring any water damage to be repaired in addition to the broken pipe.

Health Risks

A clogged pipe can also pose a health risk. It can do this in a number of ways, all of them based on the existence of wet, rotting gunk sitting in your pipes:

  • Clogs can release bad odors into your house, and these odors can sometimes be toxic. 
  • Clogs can attract pests that are interested in eating any food stuck in the drain.
  • Clogs can breed microbes, bacteria, and mold, which can then get into your water supply.

Get Your Clogged Pipes Fixed Today

Clogged pipes aren’t something to ignore. Instead, it’s best to unclog your pipes immediately. There are some home remedies designed to help people unclog their water pipes, but it’s always best to have a professional’s help to ensure there’s no more damage to fix. ClearWater Plumbers can unclog your pipes and repair any damage caused by that clog, so you can go back to enjoying fresh, clean, properly flowing water. Contact us today!

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