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Repairing Clogged Drains in Oneida

Residential Drain Cleaning Services

Your home life is too busy for a clogged drain. But clogged drains happen whether you want them to or not, which is why you need a dependable, experienced service provider that can quickly deliver when you need plumbing help at your home. Mr. Rooter® Plumbing of Oneida is that service provider in the Oneida, NY area.

When you start to see signs of a clogged drain, know that we are just a phone call away. We offer 24/7 emergency service, because we know how important it is for you to have a fully functional home.

Repairing Clogged Drain Lines

At Mr. Rooter® Plumbing, we offer a team of experienced professionals who can quickly diagnose the issues you’re experiencing at your Oneida home, and then quickly make the needed repairs. These trained professionals don’t just make short-term fixes. Rather, they repair home drains so that you enjoy a long-lasting solution.

We can help you with any number of clogged drain line emergencies, including:

  • Overflowing Water
  • Bacterial Contamination
  • Leaking Drain Lines
  • Backups
  • Floods

Our technicians walk you through the procedure before work begins, so that you fully understand the cost and scope of the problem. And after work is complete, our technicians can make recommendations for upgrading or retrofitting your drain to help avoid future home drain clogs or ruptures.

Residential Drain Types

When you think of a residential drain, you most likely picture sinks, tubs and showers. After all, that’s where homeowners typically see water draining. But there’s a much bigger plumbing system that homeowners rarely see, and this larger system is where most problems — including clogged drains — occur. Here’s a look at different portions of your residential plumbing system.

  • Sinks, Tubs and Showers: Clogs in these areas often take place in what is known as the P-trap. Open up the cabinets beneath your bathroom and shower sink, and that’s where the P-trap is located. For tubs and showers, it is a little more difficult to see, which is why plumbing professionals typically use a drain auger to snake them out, rather than taking more invasive action.

Be careful about what you are putting down these drains. An excess amount of hair or other foreign objects could cause drains to clog. You’ll find plenty of drainage solutions at the hardware or grocery store that you simply pour down the drain for some relief. These are best used as maintenance on a regular basis. If you wait until you have standing water, you’ll most likely need a professional to provide service, as these “over the counter” solutions will be ineffective.

  • Washers: Your washer has a drainage system too, which is also most often hidden out of view. If you’re experiencing washer drainage issues, make sure the washer’s drainage hose is properly connected to the drainage pipe. That could be an easy fix if you have standing water in your utility room. If it’s connected and you’re still experiencing issues, call a professional.
  • Sewage Lines: Wastewater from your home moves through what’s called the lateral sewer main line. This line can be serviced using the sewer line cleanout, which exists only for regular cleaning and emergencies. The sewer line clean out lets an auger work through the main line when it needs cleaning or removal of an object that’s clogging the drain.

The lateral sewer main line connects your home’s wastewater to the city sewer line, which marks the end of your own plumbing system. When you have trouble with sewage lines, you’ll notice it in places where wastewater enters the systems — places like your toilets.

Signs of a Clogged Drain and How to Unclog a Drain

How do you know when a residential drain is clogged? There are two categories of signs, neither of which should be hard to notice.

First, you may notice standing water in a sink or tub, or water that simply won’t flush from a toilet. Again, you can take do-it-yourself action to fix some clogs. You can always use a plunger to work on simple toilet clogs, and plumbing tools are readily available and sometimes effective when it comes to minor clogs in sinks, tubs and showers.

Prevention is always the best solution, however, so try to avoid putting coffee grounds or fibrous materials like celery and corn husks down your kitchen sink, or any solid materials down tubs, showers or bathroom sinks.

The second type of sign you’ll notice is erratic behavior in your sinks, tubs, showers and toilets. If you notice strange flushing behavior in your toilet, that could be a sign that there’s a bigger issue in your larger, out-of-sight plumbing system. Water that stands in sinks, showers and tubs and then suddenly disappears with a powerful gurgling noise should also set off an alarm that there could be a bigger issue with your plumbing.

How to Unclog a Kitchen Sink

If you’re going to try to fix clogs at home without the help of a professional, you will need to become intimately familiar with an important household tool: the plunger. There’s a reason the plunger is called the “plumber’s helper,” after all, and why you can find one in almost any household or for an inexpensive price at your local hardware store.

If you have a stubborn kitchen sink clog, just apply the plunger. Form a complete seal with the rubber end covering the drain. Pump firmly for several strokes and then check to see if water is flowing through the pipe normally.

If not, your alternative is to try to remove the clog physically, which you should be able to do if it is not too far down. Go underneath the sink and remove the drain trap, which is the u-shaped segment just under the sink. If the clog is in the trap or part of the pipe near the trap, you may be able to pull it out.

How to Unclog a Toilet

Remember how we said to keep that plunger handy? While you may not want to use the same plunger for your toilet as your kitchen sink, the plunger should be your go-to DIY solution for unclogging drains.

Again, you’ll take your plunger and form a complete seal. Give the plunger a gentle pump to clear the air from the end of the plunger. Then apply firm, forceful strokes repeatedly until you hear the drain clear and the water go down. It could take 10-20 pumps or more, but this will very often resolve your problem.

How to Unclog a Clogged Shower Drain

To unclog a clogged bathtub drain or shower drain, start by removing the drain cover and seeing if you can visually locate the clog. If you can, you may be able to pull it out, either with your hand or some kind of hook. If not, it’s back to the plunger. Use basically the same method you used with the toilet or sink.

If you’re still not having any luck, you might also try dumping a pot of boiling water down the drain to try to loosen the clog and wash it clear.

How to Unclog a Bathroom Sink

As you might expect, the methods you use for trying to clear a clogged kitchen sink or shower drain can also be very effective when trying to unclog the bathroom sink. Using a plunger in a bathroom sink can sometimes be a little awkward, but if you can manage it, it’s worth a try.

If you can’t, or it doesn’t work, check the bathroom drain trap. You’ll often find the offending clog there or in the adjoining pipe segments, and you can just pull it out and throw it away.

If you’re still having a problem, another method you can try in the kitchen or bathtub is the baking soda and vinegar method. Pour the boiling water down the drain, then throw in a cup of baking soda followed by a cup of vinegar. Give it a couple of hours to do its work and then flush the whole thing out with boiling water.

If this doesn’t work, don’t try any harsh chemicals for fear of harming the pipes. Just call in a pro.

How to Unclog a Floor Drain

You can often simply unclog a floor drain by cleaning out the trap. Locate the trap underneath the backflow preventer on the floor. Open that up to expose the trap. Then, vacuum out the debris from the trap with a wet/dry vacuum. Use a coat hanger, gloved hand or a drain snake, if you have one, to clear out the rest of the debris.

Of course, the most obvious signs you'll see are backups that lead to overflows and flooding. These aren't necessarily warning signs, because they represent significant problems that need immediate attention. If you own a home in Oneida or the surrounding areas, Mr. Rooter® Plumbing is your source for face and effective service, whether you are seeing small warning signs, experiencing major issues, or even if you've tried do-it-yourself solutions with no luck.

We are available around the clock to visit your home and make sure your clogged drain emergency doesn’t cause serious property damage. We never charge overtime for our services. Call us at (315) 363-1565 or make an appointment online today!