Calgary Plumbing: Guide to Clearing a Clogged Drain

Calgary Plumbing: Guide to Clearing a Clogged Drain

Your home’s plumbing system is a key part of the home that must be maintained in order to get the most enjoyment from being a homeowner. One of the most common problems that homeowners face when it comes to their plumbing is a clogged drain. Most of the time, the average homeowner (even those with little DIY sense) can clear the clog with little trouble.

An early warning sign of a clogged drain is a drain that is “slow” or that makes a gurgling noise when draining. This includes the drains in your sinks and the drain in your shower or tub. You might also realize you have a problem when you are doing laundry and see water (or even suds) coming up through the drain in your bathtub or shower; this is often a sign that the drain is clogged in a main line. Don’t ignore these signs, as a clogged drain can lead to a more serious problem later on. Even if your drain does not show signs of being clogged, periodically cleaning is a good idea so that you can prevent problems in the future. Simply flushing the drain weekly with baking soda and hot water is enough to keep most drains clear and in optimal working order.

Causes of Drain Clogging

Oil, heavy paper, hair, and mineral scale buildup that is associated with “hard” water are all culprits of clogged drains. But tiny objects dropped inadvertently in the drain can also be behind the clog. In the kitchen, if you don’t get rid of grease completely from pots and pans before washing the dishes or loading the dishwasher, grease can get into the pipes and build up on them, making it harder for water to drain through. This is the same problem that is experienced with mineral deposits that form in pipes when you have hard water.

Treating a Clog

There are various treatments for removing a clog and restoring your drain and pipes to working order, including:

  • Using a plunger. The plunger should be your first weapon in the war on clogged drains. Oftentimes a few plunges into the affected drain are all that is needed. The plunger forces air into the drain which sometimes is sufficient to get the drain moving again.
  • Homespun treatments. If the plunger doesn’t work, you can move on to homespun remedies. Baking soda, followed by boiling hot water and then vinegar can often remove a minor clog; pour these down the drain one at a time and you may find the clog is loosened and moves on out of your pipes.
  • Commercial drain cleaners. Commercial drain cleaners are your next best bet to remove a clog. Beware, however, that frequent use of commercial chemical drain cleaners can corrode certain types of pipes. The commercial drain cleaner usually works by melting away the obstruction, whether it is hair or a toy that is causing the problem. Always following manufacturer’s instructions when using commercial drain cleaners, and only use in a well-ventilated area. Store any unused chemicals far away from children; drain cleaners are highly toxic and can be lethal if ingested.
  • Plumber’s snake or auger. The plumber’s snake or auger can be used to manually dislodge the clog. You can purchase an auger at any big box retailer, and they are simple to operate.

If these DIY remedies fail to take care of the problem, you may need to call in a professional plumber.

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By | 2018-05-26T11:34:21+00:00 September 27th, 2010|ClearView Plumbing & Heating, Plumbing Services|

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