Your drains play a vital role in the function of your plumbing system.
However, drains can also be prone to issues such as clogs, which are one
of the most commonly-reported home plumbing problems in Omaha. While drain
cleaning may seem simple, there are actually many solutions that can be
brought to bear on a tough clog; the key to effective drain cleaning and
a healthy home plumbing system is using the right method to clear your
drain without causing harm to your plumbing or fixtures in the process.
Keep reading for a few simple tips on the right way to clean your drains—and
how to know when it’s time to call your professional plumber for help.
Many drain cleaning chemicals are designed to heat up or dissolve clogs
so they can be flushed through your pipes. However, this can damage your
pipes and even pose a health threat if you contact these chemicals during
use. Thus, it’s important to choose only an enzymatic drain cleaner
or an eco-friendly home solution to chemically clean your drains. Enzymatic
drain cleaners break down the organic material of a clog without damaging
the surrounding pipe; similarly, solutions such as baking soda and vinegar
will cause organic debris to dissolve or loosen so it can be safely flushed
away. However, these options are best for smaller clogs and drain maintenance—if
you’re experiencing a significant or complete blockage of a drain,
you may want to choose an alternative solution.
If left in place, a clog will continue to grow until it eventually blocks
the entire drainpipe. This type of stubborn clog is often best addressed
with a plunger, which is a simple tool that creates suction to dislodge
or break up the components of a clog so it can be flushed through the
drainpipe and out of your system.
Using a plunger is relatively simple, but requires a good seal for proper suction. When
using a plunger, make sure the head covers the drain completely and there
is enough water available to cover the lip of the plunger; you can add
water to a tub, toilet, or sink if necessary to create this seal. Push
directly down and pull up on the plunger’s handle several times,
leaving the cup in place, then pull the plunger away to see if the water
drains. You may need to repeat this process several times to achieve your goal.
If the solutions suggested above don’t work, it’s time to call
your Omaha plumber for help. Professional plumbers have access to tools
and solutions that can cut through the most stubborn clogs, along with
the knowledge of how to use them correctly to protect your plumbing in
the process. The first solution your plumber may try is cabling, or snaking.
This solution uses a long, extendable cable with a hooked or pointed head,
which can be fed through a drain or sewer line to break up or pull up
the offending clog. Alternatively, your plumber can use a high-powered
jet of water to scour away buildup, tree roots, and other materials that
may be blocking your drains or sewer line and causing trouble.
Any time you aren’t sure how to clear a clog or your own attempts
are unsuccessful, it’s time to call in your Omaha plumber for professional
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