Clogged drains are part of life. No matter how new your plumbing is or how careful you are about what goes into your sink, eventually, the day will come when suddenly the water seems to stall as it swirls down the drain. Or worse yet, it doesn’t go down the drain at all!
Unfortunately, clogged drains seem to have a knack for always occurring at the worst possible times.
As you stand there staring at the backed-up water in your sink, shower, toilet, tub, or washing machine, what steps should you take? Is this something you can deal with yourself, or is it time to call in a plumber?
Use the information below to help you decide:
What Tools Do You Have On Hand?
Many people’s first reaction when they notice a clogged drain is to reach for a chemical drain cleaner. Our advice at Clean Line Sewer & Drain? Don’t.
While chemical drain cleaners might serve to temporarily clear your drain, they will also corrode your pipes. This, in turn, can lead to many more major problems in the future. It’s better to put in the extra effort now and deal with the clog manually than to create a worse outcome later.
The three best tools to have on hand for DIY drain unclogging are: Rubber gloves, a plumbing snake, and a toilet plunger.
Yep. Begin by manually reaching into the drain and pulling out what you can with gloved hands. Next, progress to the snake. Use the plunger along the way to loosen up the clog. Yes, it really works!
Pouring some hot water down the drain can sometimes loosen mild clogs as well.
If none of these techniques do the trick, it’s likely that a call to the plumber is in order.
Where Is the Clog?
If the clog is in a high-use area of your home, it is best to call a plumber right away. It’s unlikely that a clog will magically unclog itself after one day (or any other length of time), but it’s possible that you can get away with ignoring it for longer if it’s in a spare room that‘s infrequently used.
If the clog is affecting multiple drains in your home, you’ve likely got a serious problem on your hands. A plumber will be able to diagnose the main drain issue and get your home functioning again in no time.
Is There the Potential for Damage?
A clogged drain may not seem damaging in and of itself. But if it‘s causing water to leak onto a carpet, floor, or other surfaces, you’d better call a plumber in quickly! The cost you’ll invest in having the clog removed is nothing compared to the dollars you’ll be sinking into fixing a damaged floor, wall, or carpet.
Contact Clean Line Sewer & Drain
If you’re experiencing a clogged drain in your home and you haven’t been able to repair it yourself using basic tools and techniques (or if you’re not in the mood to try), Clean Line Sewer & Drain is available to help at any hour of the day or night. For quick and reliable emergency plumbing in Winnipeg, give us a call today.