Clogged drains are one of the most common plumbing services the Burt’s Reliable team handles. Bathroom sinks, showers, garbage disposals and utility rooms —drains constantly need to be cleaned somewhere.
There’s something incredibly frustrating about dealing with a stopped drain. Many homeowners want to try to clear it themselves, and there are instances where you can clean a drain on your own. However, many drain blockages are stubborn. You could seriously damage your home’s plumbing if you aren’t careful.
So, before you start jamming tools or pouring chemicals into your drains, allow us to answer some frequent drain cleaning questions.
For the most part, when a sink or other receptacle starts draining slowly — or stops draining altogether — it’s because of the normal accumulation of substances in your drainpipes. In bathrooms, this could be because of hair, dirt, soap or other hygiene products. In the kitchen, it’s usually an accumulation of food and grease. For utility sinks, there are any number of potential culprits.
If you have a little one at home, the clog might also involve an object that shouldn’t have gone down the drain, like a toy or pull-up.
A slow or standing drain typically requires cleaning. The same is true of a drain that emits strong odors or has drain flies. If multiple drains in your home drain slowly, the issue could be a main sewer clog. These are often caused by tree roots, wet wipes or other dense objects.
Generally speaking, you can clean lightly clogged drains with simple, at-home methods. These include the following:
Be careful not to damage your pipes. Always err on the side of caution. Also, avoid caustic drain cleaners, which can severely corrode your pipes.
You can try the at-home fixes listed above, but if they don’t resolve the issue, you should call a licensed plumber to clean your drain. In the case of a clog in your main line (causing multiple drains to be clogged), you should always call a professional. Luckily, cleaning drains is a quick and relatively inexpensive procedure that yields immediate benefits.
Households on Long Island’s North Fork and East End trust the Burt’s Reliable team for large and small plumbing jobs. We are a certified plumbing contractor and stand behind our work.
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