What to Do When Your Drains Stop Up
One of the most frustrating issues for a homeowner to deal with is when a fixture or sink won’t drain properly. You could be doing something as simple as brushing your teeth when suddenly you notice your bathroom sink is backing up with water. Or you could be taking a shower when it turns into something that resembles a bath instead.
Chances are, you’ll look for a quick solution, such as chemical, store-bought drain cleaners. But we encourage you to contact our professionals instead.
“Why Not Use Store-Bought Drain Cleaners?”
After all, it seems like these drain cleaning chemicals would be the easiest way to unclog backed up drains, right? But half the time, they don’t actually work. This is because the chemicals in drain cleaning liquids may be formulated to dissolve some types of clogs, but not all of them—like grease. Chemical drain cleaners might only move the clog further down the drain.
There are other reasons to avoid these chemical “solutions,” too. They’re highly toxic and can wear down the lining of your pipes if used too often.
“So, I Can Never Relieve Clogs on My Own?”
Well, we didn’t say that. For basic clogs near the surface of your drains, you may be able to use a plunger. Plungers help to create suction, which allows blockage to loosen up and make its way down your drain. You’ll need to be persistent, and use the same pressure moving up as you do pushing down for this to work, but for simple clogs, this can do the trick.
Another option for basic drain cleaning (we’re talking relieving drain odors, not necessary clogs) is using a mixture of baking soda and vinegar. You can add ½ cup of baking soda to your drain, then follow it up with a cup of vinegar. You’ll likely notice bubbles, which means it’s working. Give it around 5-10 minutes and then pour boiling water down the drain to wash it down.
Why We Recommend Pros for Tougher Clogs
Simply put, our professional plumbers have the appropriate tools to relieve any type of drain clog, such as drain augers. Yes, you can buy a home drain auger at a hardware store. But keep in mind that these can make the process more frustrating, as it takes quite a bit of patience to use a drain auger the right way (we have the training to do so).
Truly, professional drain cleaning is almost always the best bet for your clogs. As we illustrated above, you may regret trying store bought solutions and you might end up wasting time and money on other home methods. Our tools include:
- Motorized Drain Augers: Professional-grade drain augers are motorized, allowing them to reach further down in the pipes and break up tougher clogs with different attachments, such as a rotating blade.
- Video Pipe Inspection: A video pipe inspection enables our pros to get a closer look at the clog to determine what action will be most effective.
- Hydro-Jetting: Hydro-jetting involves using a long, thin hose to blast water into the pipes and clear out clogs, as well as any debris or greasy residue that may be in your pipes, for a long-lasting clean.