More than Just a Clogged Drain

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More than Just a Clogged Drain

It’s an ominous sign most of us know all too well: You’re standing in the shower and you notice that instead of draining, the water is rising around your feet. Or maybe the kitchen sink takes forever to drain after you do the dishes. Clogged drains are a plague for many a homeowner, fortunately, with a bit of determination you can clear most of them yourself without having to call in a professional, but sometimes there is no simple solution

Most common reasons for blocked drainpipes

  • Food waste
  • Grease
  • Soap build-up
  • Hair
  • Soil movement
  • Tree roots
  • Drain collapses
DIY Plumbing

Try out one of these home remedies, they may work if the problem isn’t too severe:

  • Boiling water: Sometimes all it takes is some very hot water to clear the path. Be careful not to burn yourself.
  • Vinegar and baking soda: If hot water isn’t enough on its own, recreate your middle school volcano project with a mix of equal parts vinegar and baking soda and send it down the drain. With luck the foam will clear or dislodge the clog.
  • The plunger: This is the first tool to try if the clog is in your toilet, but plungers can also be useful in sinks and bathtubs. Just make sure there is some standing water over the drain to create suction, then plunge away.
  • Break Out the Snake: Roll up your sleeves and go after the clog manually. You’ll need a snake or a tool that can bend its way through your pipes until it reaches the blockage. If the clog is hidden deep in your pipes, a metal snake with a crank can work its way in, grab onto the blockage, and draw it out.
Preemptive Action

Follow basic plumbing hygiene to avoid the problem before it starts:

  • Scrape food off your dishes into the garbage before you put them in the sink.
  • Never dump grease down the sink.
  • Don’t flush anything but toilet paper and human waste down the toilet.
Call in the Cavalry

If your efforts are unsuccessful and your drains are still clogged, don’t be embarrassed to call a plumber for help. There may be a blockage beyond your ability to clear, or there could be a much more serious problem like a collapse in your sewer pipes, or tree roots have broken into the pipes. A professional plumber can use tools such as a CCTV drain camera or a jet rodder to diagnose the problem and clear it effectively, so your household water is flowing freely again.

The experts at ABRIK® are always available to help with plumbing problems large and small. Contact Us today at 0428315005.