The Telltale Signs of a Clogged Drain
Most of the time, a drain will begin to show early signs of sludge, soap scum, or food building up in one of your drains before it fully clogs. These aren’t as concerning as sewer line backups because they usually only affect one drain. Still, they are a nuisance and should be dealt with immediately. Depending on the severity of the blockage, a single drain with buildup will cause:
- Pools of water to form around a clogged shower drain
- Water that backs up out of a sink drain
- Slow drainage after using the faucet
- A toilet that won’t flush
- Foul smells coming out of the kitchen sink drain from stuck food
How to Clear a Clogged Drain With a Plunger
A homeowner with a plunger can often handle a routine clog in a single drain. When a bathtub drain is clogged, it might require using a snake, but most sink drains in your home can be cleared with this plunger method.
- Remove the sink stopper from the drain hole
- Plug the sink overflow hole with a wet rag
- If you have a double sink, plunk one sink’s drain with a wet rag
- Place the rubber cup of the plunger over the open drain hole
- Turn on the faucet and allow water to fill the sink almost to the top of the rubber plunger cup
- Quickly lift one side of the plunger to allow air and water to enter the drain, and immediately cover the drain hole again
- With slight pressure, keep a tight seal around the base of the sink with the rubber cup and plunge up and down about a dozen times, completely lifting off the plunger on the final plunge
- Repeat this until the clog is cleared
- Flush the drain with hot water for a minute or two
Our Drain Clog Services
Our residential plumbing services include everything you need to keep your pipes flowing freely. Whether you have a clog that’s too large to budge or just too deep down the drain for a plunger to be effective, you can rely on us to handle the situation. Our services include:
- Drain cleaning
- Repairing AC drain lines that are clogged
- Fixing clogged dishwasher drains
- And more!
Steps to Prevent Clogs in Your Drains
Whether you’re tired of dealing with recurring clogged drains or you’ve never dealt with one and want to keep it that way, there are a few preventative measures every homeowner can take to minimize their occurrence. Clogs may not be avoidable altogether because of the debris and particles that get washed down the sink, but keep these tips in mind at home:
- Garbage Disposal - If you have a garbage disposal in your kitchen, remember that not all items can go in it. Keep things like eggshells, coffee grounds, bones, oatmeal, and large amounts of rice and pasta out of it and put them in the trash instead.
- Grease - Avoid excess amounts of oils and fats down the drain, as they will cling to the walls of your pipes and harden as they cool. Eventually, more will stick and narrow the path of the lines until it's ultimately blocked.
- Clean Drains Regularly – Regular cleaning of drains is recommended. Avoid store-bought drain cleaners filled with chemicals. Use a home remedy of baking soda and white vinegar to break down buildup and kill foul odors in the drains.
Professional Residential Drain Clearing Services
Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Denton is your source for reliable assistance for any clogged drain at home in Denton, TX. We're proud to offer an array of home plumbing services to provide peace of mind that you have a trusted resource to call whenever you need. Contact us to request an estimate today.