A clogged drain can be extremely frustrating, keeping you from enjoying a hot bath or a shower or even using your bathroom or kitchen faucet. If you have a home drain problem that won’t go away no matter what you try, get in touch with the experts at Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Greater Syracuse. We will come out to your home, thoroughly examine the problem and let you know exactly what will be needed to resolve the issue. Not only do we accommodate your busy schedule, we also guarantee all our work for your peace of mind.
Tips for Avoiding a Clogged Drain
One of the best ways to avoid this annoying problem in your home is to make sure your plumbing system is properly maintained. Mr. Rooter plumbing can provide the regular maintenance needed to make sure your system is working at its best, keeping your drains and pipes clear of potentially damaging buildup.
If your pipes are neglected, minerals, hair, grease and even rust can accumulate and cause major issues. Corrosion can slowly eat away at the inside of the pipes, leading to clogs and even worse damage. Having a professional perform plumbing maintenance, however, can help prevent these problems and save you a great deal of money over the long term. Even more important is the fact that maintenance will go a long way toward helping you avoid any residential plumbing emergencies.
Signs of a Clogged Drain
There are typically several signs of a clogged drain that will alert you to a problem. The sooner you take action, the better the chances you can avoid a major hassle. For example, you might see water starting to gradually back up out of a home drain or you might notice water pooling around your shower drain. Once this pool forms, it might drain extremely slowly or not at all.
Another sign of a clogged drain is bubbling of your toilet water when you turn on the bathroom faucet. You might also notice gurgling sounds coming from your kitchen sink drain after you use your dishwasher or your washing machine. In some cases, an odor such as rotting food will come from your kitchen sink.
How to Unclog a Drain: Try These Tips Before You Call a Plumber
The first thing you should do will be to partly fill up the clogged sink with water. If the clog is occurring in your kitchen sink and you have a double unit, make sure to use a wet rag to plug one of the drains. If the clog is affecting your bath, use the rag to plug the overflow hole. Then use a cup plunger on the other side, working it up and down. Pull off the plunger and then repeat the process several times to loosen the cause of the obstruction.However, just because you might have a clogged home drain doesn’t necessarily mean you need to call a professional plumber right away. There are a few things you can try before calling in an expert.
How to Unclog a Kitchen Sink
You probably have a plunger in your home, and if you don’t, you can easily pick one up cheaply at your local hardware store.
To use it, form a complete seal of the plunger’s rubber end over the drain and pump repeatedly and firmly until you hear the clog clear. If this doesn’t work, the next step is removing the drain trap. This is a u-shaped pipe segment directly beneath your sink that you can take out. This will give you access to the pipe so you can remove the clog physically if you can see it. The clog may also be in the trap itself.
How Do You Unclog a Toilet?
To unclog a toilet first place your flange or ball plunger into the clogged water slowly, letting the air escape from the plunger. Once you have formed a seal around the opening, beginning plunging up and down in a steady but quick motion until the water level starts to go down. This means you have broken up the clog.
Don’t flush just yet! To make sure the clog has given way, pour a gallon of water slowly into your toilet. If this water does not go down, repeat the plunging steps above. After a few tries, if the clog still does not appear to have dissipated, you may need to call a professional.
How to Unclog a Clogged Shower Drain
To unclog a clogged bathroom drain, you can yet again try the plunger.
First, remove the drain cover. Then see if you can pull out the clog by hand. If you can’t, use the plunger in the same way you would on the toilet or sink. If neither of these methods are effective, you can sometimes clear a shower drain clog by simply pouring boiling water down the drain. The heat of the water can sometimes pull the clog loose and wash it away.
How to Unclog a Bathroom Sink
Either of the methods you use to unclog the kitchen sink or shower drain may work to unclog your bathroom sink. First, try the plunger. If that doesn’t work, see if you can remove the trap and get at the clog that way. If you’re still having a problem, attempt the boiling water method.
Another method of drain clog clearing you may want to try is the baking soda and vinegar method. This can also work for clearing kitchen sinks and toilet drains. Start by pouring in boiling water, then pour in a cup of baking soda followed by a cup of vinegar. Wait a couple hours, then toss in more boiling water to clear everything out.
If this doesn’t work, call a professional. Do not attempt to loosen the clog by pouring harsher chemicals down the drain, as this may damage the pipes.
How to Unclog a Floor Drain
Let’s say you need to unclog a floor drain. Usually you’ll want to call in a professional for this, but if not, you’ll want to try cleaning out the floor drain trap. First you have to find it. It will be under the backflow preventer — just open it up to get to the trap. Once you’ve found it, use a wet/dry vacuum to remove any sand or dirt that may have accumulated.
Any stubborn debris you can remove with a hand-operated drain snake or even a coat hanger. If this doesn’t resolve the problem, you may want to call in a professional.
No matter what home drain is clogged, we strongly recommend that you do not use chemicals to try and clear it. The reason is that most drain cleaners contain extremely harsh chemicals that can quickly corrode your pipes. If this happens, it will very likely only be a matter of time before you suffer a much more serious — and expensive — problem.
There are some cases where a clogged drain can actually lead to a plumbing emergency. If you ever find yourself in this position, you need to find your water supply’s main shutoff and close the valves to minimize the chances of suffering major damage to your home.
When to Get in Touch With Mr. Rooter Plumbing
The professionals with Mr. Rooter Plumbing will be ready to help clear your clogged drain if you are unable to do so on your own. We have helped thousands of people throughout the Syracuse area over the years, and we will be able to help you as well. If you don’t know where your main shutoff is located, we’ll be happy to come out to show you.
Our technicians will make sure you are completely informed before any work is performed so you understand the extent of the project. Whether you have a minor problem or a major issue, you can be confident we will have the tools, experience and expertise to deal with it in the most effective manner possible. If you would like to learn more about the services we offer or you would like to schedule an appointment, please contact us online or give us a call at (315) 472-1203.