A plumber sees clogged drains frequently and knows just what to do. A homeowner, on the other hand, may be less sure of how to handle this unwelcome sight. Whether it is a shower, sink or toilet, a clogged drain is inconvenient, smelly and quickly causes a mess if not fixed.
When faced with a clogged drain, your first instinct is probably to try to unclog it yourself. It’s not a bad idea. Just the same, we’ll share tips from Estes Services’ Atlanta plumbers for unclogging a drain yourself and when to call the pros.
How to Handle a Clogged Drain Yourself
When you first encounter a clogged drain, take a few simple steps to clear it yourself.
- Turn on the faucet to fill the sink or tub with a little water
- For a sink or tub, use a cup plunger
- For a toilet, use a flange plunger
- Cover the drain completely with the plunger
- Plunge several times, then remove suction
- Repeat plunging a few more times.
We strongly discourage using harsh chemicals because it’s bad for the environment. In addition, it has the potential to damage your pipes and make the repair even more complex and costly.
Some people try using vinegar, boiling water, and baking soda to unclog a drain. Remember those volcanoes you made in fifth-grade science? They work kind of like those. The combination is not likely to damage your pipes. It can be messy, however, if you add too much or if the clog is close to the top of the drain.
When to Call a Plumber for a Clogged Drain
If you have attempted the DIY suggestions listed above and the clog is not moving, call a plumber. However, there are some situations when plumber help for a clogged drain is urgent:
- When your DIY unclogging did not work
- There is a mess and it is spreading
- You do not have the time or interest in unclogging the drain
- Timing is critical, if, for example, the clog is in the only bathroom of the house
- Water is leaking and you cannot find the shut-off
When you do call a plumber, tell them if this is an emergency. We offer emergency services 24/7 if necessary.
How to Prevent a Clogged Drain
Preventing clogs is better than making repairs. Many of the clogs a plumber finds in homes come from putting things down drains that do not belong. Below is a list of items never to put down your drains:
- Cement, grout, or joint compound
- Excessive food waste (even in a garbage disposal)
- Personal items
There are some additional measures to take to prevent clogs:
- Install a mesh trap on a bathtub drain
- Clean out your sink’s pop up stopper regularly
- Flush your drains by adding a large amount of water to a sink or toilet and flushing or removing the drain stopper
- Schedule regular drain cleaning
Call an Estes Plumber for a Running Toilet, a Clogged Drain & Other Plumbing Services
No job is too small! Whenever you encounter a clogged drain, leaky faucets or would like to install a tankless water heater or a sump pump, call Estes Services. We are a third- generation family business and are eager to provide quick and efficient assistance.
Our company was founded on principles of integrity, quality service, innovation and achievement. We bring this commitment to every call we make.
See the difference and call Estes today throughout the greater Atlanta area. We bring our plumbing services to Druid Hills, Buckhead, Kennesaw, Peachtree City, Decatur, Roswell and more!