A clogged drain is never a source of joy for a homeowner, but unfortunately it is a very common problem and not one you are likely to avoid forever. What most homeowners want to know is if it is something they can fix themselves or do they need to seek the help of a professional? This is not something that can be answered easily one way or another because not all drain clogs are created equally. Some you may be able to tackle yourself while others will prove to be more of a challenge to correct.
A “clog” is when there is a blockage in the drain and nothing can pass through this blockage – or it takes a very long time for something to pass through the blockage. This blockage can be anything from one large item to several small items or even just a build-up of materials (gunk) over time.
These blockages come in all shapes and sizes and can occur in any area of your home from your kitchen drain to your bathroom drains and even the drain to your washing machine may, on occasion, become clogged.
If you have a small clog that you have just noticed, you may be able to clear it using a natural drain cleaner, but if it becomes a reoccurring clog you will need to call a professional plumber to see what is really going on in your drain.
For larger clogs you may need to use a plunger in order to clear it, but this is not something that every homeowner has the skills to do so if you are trying this method and not seeing the results you should, please stop and call a plumber.
A trained, licensed plumber may need to use a drain auger for difficult, persistent clogs and may even need to use camera to inspect your pipes to discover what is causing the blockage and to ensure that there is nothing serious wrong with your pipes.
While it will be difficult to go through your homeownership without ever experiencing a clogged drain there are a few things you can to do to minimize your risk…
- Be mindful of what goes down your kitchen sink – things like grease, egg shells, stringy/doughy food and coffee grounds should not be in your pipes
- Place hair traps and screens in each shower and perhaps your kitchen sink
- Also, watch what you flush down your toilet – if it doesn’t come from your body and it is not toilet paper- DO NOT FLUSH IT (even if it says “flushable”)
If you notice you are having trouble with one of your drains call Carmine’s at 203-791-8089 sooner rather later than later. It is better to handle plumbing problems as soon as they arise.