Most Common Drain Problems

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A faulty drain is a hassle that no one wants to deal with, but understanding the causes of these problems can help you to avoid them in the future. Keep reading to learn about the most common drain problems that homeowners encounter!

Tree Roots

If you’ve ever seen a cracked or raised sidewalk with a tree root underneath then, you understand just how forceful and aggressive tree roots can be. Additionally, the roots of trees continue to expand and grow in order to find new sources of water, so it’s no surprise that your home’s pipes become an obstacle for these trees. As the roots continue to grow into the pipes, they can eventually lead to a rupture as well as blocking the water from flowing through the pipe.

Cold Temperatures

Las Vegas is known for its blazing temperatures in the middle of summer, but out of towners don’t experience the freezing temperatures of a desert winter. It is not uncommon for temperatures to drop below freezing in the Las Vegas valley which means it’s important to prepare your home for the hazards that lie ahead.

To keep your pipes from freezing and potentially bursting, follow these tips:

  • Insulate exposed pipes

  • Turn off the outdoor sprinklers

  • Cover hose bibs and valves


Drain clogs come in all shapes and sizes, and they form for so many different reasons. Depending on which drain is backed up there could be a few different things to blame.

Kitchen sink:

  • Eggshells

  • Fibrous foods

  • Fat, oils, grease

  • Starchy foods and coffee grounds


  • Excess of toilet paper

  • Female hygiene products

  • Kids toys


  • Hair

  • Hair

  • And more hair

No matter which drain problem you have encountered, the plumbing and drain experts at Atlas Plumbing can help you find a solution with snaking your drain or more. Call us today or visit our website to learn more! We can also explain how to snake your drain