Tips for Dealing with a Clogged Drain

One of the most common problems a plumber has to deal with is a clogged drain line. Of course it’s important to realize that no two clogs are exactly the same. Before you can even begin to deal with a clogged drain line, you’ve got to consider a number of variables. For example, is the problem in the pipes or is it in the septic system?

Many homeowners don’t even know if they have a septic system, so they may not be able to answer that first question. And then there’s the question about whether you are dealing with just a single clog or if you have multiple clogs on your hands.

Next you must consider whether the problem is as simple as hair getting down into the pipe and clogging it or whether old pipes have created a more complex issue. The more you know about what the problem is, the easier it will be to deal with it.

If you discover that the drain line that’s clogged is the main drain which exits your home, then you have even more concerns to worry about. For example, it can be especially difficult to access the main drain because it does require a very solid seal so that sewer gas does not come into your house. In addition, the main drain is much longer and wider than any of the other pipes in your home. This means that even if you can send a snake auger down into the pipe, it needs to be an especially long one and potentially even motorized so that it can push through the clog that’s causing the problem.

It is always recommended that you call in a professional plumber when you know that the issue is in the main drain. Most homeowners simply don’t have the tools or the experience that’s necessary for handling a clog in the main drain.

Homeowners who have a septic system should also call a professional because what starts out as a minor septic system problem can quickly become a serious one that’s far more expensive to handle than the minor one you started out with. It is critical that you never flush anything that’s not biodegradable into the septic system because that alone can cause serious problems.

You should also think about the kind of pipes you have. Some homes still have old galvanized pipes, which can break and clog easily. Mineral deposits tend to build up in those old pipes, making them very difficult to unclog. It is recommended that homeowners who have galvanized pipes in their home call in a professional to have the home re-piped with copper piping. This is an expensive job, but it is certainly one that will pay off in the long run with fewer headaches and decreased risk of a flood or some other serious plumbing problem occurring because of the old galvanized pipes.

For help, dealing with a clogged drain line or something more serious, call Scott English Plumbing. We offer 24 hour emergency service, electronic leak detection, installation for water heaters, toilets, faucets, bathtubs, and garbage disposals, and plumbing inspections. Our plumbers work for low flat rates, so you never have to worry about paying too much for a plumber. At Scott English Plumbing, we have made it our mission to offer our customers quality service for affordable prices 24 hours a day and seven days a week. Call Scott English Plumbing today to find out more about clogged drain lines.