Avoid These Drain Clog Quick Fixes From Henco Plumbing Services
If You Have A Drain Clog – Don’t Try These Quick Fixes
Clogged Drain? What Not To Do
If you take the wrong approach to fixing a clogged drain, you could cause permanent damage to your plumbing pipes or injure yourself. Here are some of the major actions to avoid when you experience a clogged drain.
Don’t Use Chemical Cleaners
Chemical Cleaners can be, at best – useless,at the worst – dangerous. In reality, chemical cleaners are very powerful. Here are a few results from using chemical cleaners to remove the clog: Too much or too strong a cleaner, and it will can eat up the gunk…and have your pipe for dessert. It can corrode or otherwise damage your pipe. Another potential problem is that the cleaner will only eat through some of the clog—enough to create a hole and make you think you’re all set. In fact, that little hole is a temporary fix that will close up again and possibly worsen.
Pipes aren’t the only thing that can be harmed by chemical cleaners. Anything that highly corrosive is a danger to your skin; using a cleaner puts you at risk for a chemical burn.
Don’t Use Homemade Tools
Maybe you (boo!) poured a chemical cleaner down the drain and it didn’t work, or maybe you skipped the chemical cleaner altogether. You may think another option is to shove something down the drain to force the clog to move along the pipe. You might even get ambitious and jury-rig a contraption for that purpose. Don’t do it! Your homemade tool, while well-intentioned, could break, damage the pipe, or get stuck in the pipe.
Fix Your Clogged Drain The Smart Way
What’s the smart way to fix a clogged drain? Call Henco Plumbing Services at (360)773-8039. Henco Plumbing Services is the Vancouver Washington drain and sewer clog plumber who can remove drain clogs and restore clogged drains to good working order. Whether you have a serious sewer clog, backed up sink, plugged toilet, or slow draining bath tub – Call the sewer clog plumbers at Henco Plumbing Services, your Vancouver Plumbing Services company at (360) 773-8039. Your clogged sewer could become a serious problem, resulting in leaks and broken sewer pipe. A sewer clog can result from sending too much debris down your sink drains, from tree roots breaking into the sewer pipe, or general debris buildup over time. We can help you avoid serious sewer problems by removing drain clogs fast.
We’ll use our state-of-the-art sewer camera to perform a sewer scope, then inform you of any problems we find. For major sewer clogs we’ll use our efficient and safe hydro jet service to get your sewer pipes completely clean.
We are local, licensed, and insured and our service technicians are Journeyman plumbers. We back up our sewer clog services with a 100% Workmanship Guarantee. Call us for sewer plumber near me, sewer line repairs, clogged sewer pipes, and sewer clog plumbers.
Don’t Use Professional Plumbers Tools If You Lack Experience
If you ignore your drains, eventually stuff will accumulate inside the pipes, forming a clog at some point in time. Take preventative measures and do the following:
- Use a plastic 99-cent Zip It to fish out hair and gunk from all the drains in your house one every month or two.
- Pour an environmentally safe, proactive drain cleaner down your drains once a month. The bacteria in some safe cleaners will eat away the plaque lining your pipes, preventing a drain clog.
Corrosion or Damage Occurred
If your pipes are old, they may corrode or collect sediment inside them. If you’ve tried to snake your drains or have used a power auger or hydrojetter improperly, you may have damaged the inside of your pipes or jammed stuff that was lining the insides of your pipes, causing a clog deep down in the plumbing.
If a few attempts with a plunger don’t seem to do the trick, start with a 99-cent Zip in sink drains. For stubborn drains and uncooperative toilets, you can graduate to a flexible snake. Always wear goggles and keep sanitizing cleaning supplies on hand – it can get messy. Beware of using professional grade plumbing equipment like hydrojetters and high power snakes on your own. Though they are available for purchase in many hardware stores, they require training and experience to operate and the consequences on improper use can be disastrous – personal injury and bad pipe damage are high on the list.
If you are stuck dealing with a clogged drain, you should know there are several things you can do to try to clear the drain on you’re own. Try the following tricks and tips:
- Put on googles and rubber gloves to protect yourself from chemical burns if you poured chemical drain cleaner down the drain. Otherwise it can splash up and hurt (even blind) you.
- If you didn’t use a chemical drain cleaner, try pouring a gallon of hot (almost boiling) water and a quarter cup of Dawn dish detergent (or any de-greasing dish detergent) down the clogged drain. The hot water and de-greasing agent may break up the clog.
- Use a plunger. Put a thin layer of petroleum jelly around the rim and plunge away.
- Try using a plumber’s snake to carefully dislodge or break up the clog. Do not just jam the clog deeper into the drain or you will make it worse. Instead try to break it up and remove it.
This material originally appeared in an article by E.R. Services, Mint Hill, North Carolina.
If these steps don’t work, you’ll need to call Henco Plumbing Services at (360)773-8039. Don’t try using industrial equipment on your own; you will risk damaging your pipes or hurting yourself.