Fall is here, and winter is just around the corner, and that means it’s drain cleaning season! Autumn really is one of the best times to do this, because you're not worrying about your busy summer schedule, and you aren't yet panicking about all the house guests you'll have come the holidays.
So if your drains got a little backed up or started running a little slower than usual over the summer, then now’s the time to get down and dirty.
Should you call a plumber?
It’s not always necessary to call a plumber to clean your drains, but it shouldn't always be a DIY project, either. It depends on what's clogging your pipes and what tools you have available.
When it's not necessary to call a plumber: When you have a plunger or a drain bladder that you can use to remove clogs on your own, and when you're pretty certain you know what's clogging up the pipes.
When you absolutely should call a plumber: When you're not sure what's causing the clog, or if you experience clogged or slow drains all the time. If you don’t know what the problem is, it could be a tree root that needs attention. If you're always having plumbing problems, you may need more work done than a simple drain cleaning.
What's clogging the drains in your bathroom? In the toilet, it could be bathroom tissue, diapers, baby wipes, cotton balls or cotton rounds, feminine hygiene products, or anything else that was accidentally flushed. Most of these can be removed with a good plunging. In the tub, shower, and sink, the most likely culprit is hair, which gets tangled up with dust, dirt, and water deposits.
Kitchen and Laundry Room Clogs
Kitchen and utility or laundry room sinks are notorious for clogs because they're often used as garbage disposals for food, organic matter, and other waste that shouldn’t really go down the drain.
Grease is one of the worst in the kitchen because while it may go down as a liquid, it quickly cools and congeals on the pipe walls.
Putting Pipes Under Pressure to Clean Drains
One of the most effective ways to remove clogs and blockages from a drain is with air or water pressure.
You can do this with a few tools, including:
- The almighty plunger
- A trusty drain bladder
- A water ram (the plunger on steroids)
- Plunger: Fill the basin with about two inches of water. Form a seal around the drain opening. Plunge in an up and down motion for 20 seconds. Test the flow.
- Drain bladder: Attach one end of a garden hose to the water source and the other to the drain bladder. Insert the bladder into the clogged drain. Turn on the water (check the manufacturer’s instructions to make sure you're using the right amount of pressure) and let the pressure build up and blow out the clog.
- Water ram: Place the cup over the drain hole to form a seal. Pump the handle to fill the chamber with air. Pull the trigger to release a burst of air into the drain.
When it is time to call the plumber for drain cleaning in Westminster, CO, call in the experts at Craig Plumbing LLC. We can help you diagnose issues with slow running drains, help you prevent clogs in the future, and can assist with all your seasonal maintenance and repairs. Call (720) 619-3380 today to book your appointment.