Oh No! The Drain Is Clogged Again -- Options For Cleaning Out The Blockage

When you have one drain that keeps clogging up, you need to figure out the best method for dealing with your problem. You have several methods for removing the clog on your. However, for some clogs, contacting a plumber is needed.

Use a Chemical

The first method to get rid of the clog is to use chemicals that you can buy in the plumbing section of a store. To get the most options, it is best to visit a home improvement store. Some of these stores sell chemicals for specific types of pipes such as metal or PVC.

To remove the clog, you follow the directions on the bottle. It is important to know that most of these chemicals cannot remove solid items like small toys from the drain. The chemicals may loosen them, but you will still need other tools such as a pair of pillars to pull the item out of the drain.

The downside to these chemicals is that some of them can damage your pipes. Many plumbers advise against them if you have older pipes, since the chemicals may eat the glue or solder holding your pipes together. They can also kill good bacteria if you rely on a septic system. 

Use Manual Tools

Your next option is to go "old school" and use manual tools to remove the clog. You can use a few basic tools for this task.

One option is a plastic plumber's snake, which has small blunt spikes that alternate down the sides. You place it into the drain and wiggle it slightly so you can catch hold of the clog. Then, you slowly pull the snake out and the substance creating the clog is wrapped around the spikes. You may have to do this several times to get all of the debris out of the drain.

When the clog is created by a greasy buildup, a blow bag is a better option. A blow bag is an inflatable rubber bag that you attach to a hose, place in a drain and then fill with water. As it expands, the bag breaks the clog apart, so it can go through the pipe. One problem with this option is that older pipes can bust from the pressure.

Seek Professional Help

When you have tried the other methods for getting rid of your clog and it just keeps coming back; it is time to seek professional help. Plumbers have the ability to use pressurized water to breaks apart the clog.

The plumber first uses a snake to remove loose debris and then places a hose into the drain. Then the plumber turns on the water, which is pressurized with an air compressor, to push the remaining debris through the line.

An added benefit is that this method is safe to use on any type of pipe and it is very quick to complete. Additionally, as the water flows through the rest of your sewer line, the highly pressurized water also cleans out these additional pipes as well.

When handling the clog yourself, you need to know which options will best suit your situation. If you cannot seem to get rid of the clog, you should contact a plumber, like those at West Sound Plumbing Service, to get the job done.

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