Clogged drains and pipes are no fun to play with. Whether it was food, hair, or grease that clogged your drain, getting it unclogged is the main goal. The good news is that you are able to DIY most clogged drain situations, how you do it is what counts. There are a lot of "home remedies" when it comes to unclogging drains that can either work, or cause serious damage to your pipes. Because of this, at Prestige Plumbing we thought it might be important to let you in on some do's and don'ts of having a clogged drain.
First we will start with the Do's. When your drain is clogged it is most commonly just grease and hair build up that's the culprit. Running boiling hot water down your drain can help to weaken and break down the caked-on grease and build up, fixing the clog. You can try to safely remove the blockage if you notice that it isn't too far down into your drain. In order to remove this kind of clog safely you can use a plumber's snake which can be found at most home and hardware stores. In order to prevent clogs from happening you should install a drain filter in all of the drains in your home. These contraptions act as a catcher so that nothing gets stuck in the drain as you are using the sink or tub. Lastly, for the do's. If you are not able to get the clog taken care of on your own call a plumber like Prestige Plumbing. You do not want to run the risk of ruining your pipes in any way, especially because if something does go wrong, it can lead to very expensive fixes.
Now for the don'ts. Like we said before, there are a lot of home remedies and store-bought chemicals that promise fast results for clogs, but one of the biggest don'ts is to never use a chemical drain cleaner. These kinds of cleaners are extremely harsh and can be corrosive and harmful to your pipes over time, and with these kinds of cleaners being less than eco-friendly, imagine what it is doing to your sump pump and possible the area around it if its leaking. Do not ignore the problem. Clogs are one of those issues that if you take care of them early on, then the issue is easier to fix. If you ignore that you have a clogged drain and then try to fix it later on, it is going to be much worse and you may even need to call a professional. The last thing that you absolutely should not do when you have a clogged pipe is to try and disassemble your pipes on your own. Yes, it may seem easy but if you do not know what you are doing you run the risk of causing damage to your plumbing system, as well as installing something wrong which could lead to leaks and issues in the future.
If you have a clogged drain that you can't seem to fix give Prestige Plumbing a call. With the knowledge and experience that our workers have we can guarantee that we will get the job done right the first time around. If you are having other plumbing issues click here to see our list of services.