Dealing With Clogged Sinks, Showers, Drains, And Toilets

Part of every homeowner’s to-do list should include having drains cleaned routinely. There are many good reasons to do this. In the first place, regular cleanings mean that if you have a small clog, you can take care of it before the pipe is completely blocked.

You are potentially creating a health hazard when you let build up occur within your drains because they won’t run clearly. Everything that goes down the drain has the potential to cause a clog in the drain over time. The most common substances that create these drain clogs are food particles, grease, oil, toothpaste, hair, dirt, and soap. An indicator that that you have a problem with items stuck within your pipe is that your drain begins to drain more slowly over time. You can reduce the chances of this problem from developing when you schedule cleaning for your drains on a regular basis. Anyone who has ever had an issue that required an emergency visit from a plumber is well aware of the need to have plumbing maintenance and drain cleaning done on a regular basis. To help our customers eliminate large problems and to deal with emergencies that are related to issues related to drain cleaning, we are available 24/7. We are proud at Mr. Root that we get the job done quickly by using equipment that is top-of-the-line and a complete line of drain cleaning products.

Drain Clogs

How can you spot clogged drain signs?

When a sink drain is backed up, water leaks out.

In showers, around the drain the water first pools, and then slowly drains out.

When you run the sink, the water in the toilet bowl bubbles.

Even if you have seen no signs of water backing up yet, you may have a clog if the water drains slowly from your sink or bathtub.

After you run your dishwasher or your washing machine, you may hear gurgling sounds from the drain.

Or, notice puddles of water near your sink or tub on the floor.

The garbage disposal or kitchen sink drain emits the smell of rotting food.

You can try the following tips on your clogged drain before you call an expert in:

Partially fill your sink with water.

Plug one drain of a double kitchen sink with a rag and on the other side, use a plunger.

Use a rag to plug the overflow hole for bathroom sinks.

Rapidly work the plunger and then pull it off of the drain quickly. Do this a number of times.

Don’t use a cup plunger on your toilet. Use a flange plunger instead.

Your pipes can be corroded by chemical drain cleaners, so refrain from using them.

The most common types of drains and vents are shown on this diagram. The blue lines show cold water, the red pipes denote hot water, the yellow pipes represent tubes for ventilation, and the green pipes are for outgoing wastewater.

Clogged Bathtubs And Showers

How can you tell that you have a blocked tub or shower?

As you bathe, you may have a problem if water slowly rises.

In your bathroom, you may have flooding.

Showers and tubs that slowly drain.

Strange noises or gurgling sounds coming from the shower or tub drain.

An odor that is unpleasant arises from the drain.

Even after no water has been added to the sink or tub, a pool of water remains.

Before you call Mr. Rooter Plumbing there are a few things that you can do to fix tubs or sinks with a clogged drain.

In your shower or bath, you may have a soap and hair clog that is easy to reach and simple to fix. If you have a drain screen, check out the clog by removing it.

Raise the lever to open a pop-up drain, then take hold of the stopper and either unscrew or pull it out of the hole of the drain.

Pull out the clog by using a wire that is bent for the purpose.

Remove the built-up soap and hair and replace the stopper.

Did this work? If not, leave about two inches of water in the shower or tub and try using a plunger.

Use either duct tape or a wet rag to cover the overflow plate’s hole.

Use the plunger on the drain. If the first attempt does not work, then try plunging rapidly three or four times in rapid succession.

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