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Your Drain is Clogged – What do you do?

A clogged drain can prove to be a stubborn hassle. Although indoor plumbing is one of the extraordinary conveniences of modern civilization, we have all run into a few hiccups throughout our lifetime. So, what are your options when a convenience quickly sours into a hassle?

Author: Leonard Simmons
Date: Jul 8, 2011 - 2:07:02 PM


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A clogged drain can prove to be a stubborn hassle. Although indoor plumbing is one of the extraordinary conveniences of modern civilization, we have all run into a few hiccups throughout our lifetime. So, what are your options when a convenience quickly sours into a hassle?

First, try plunging the affected drain, whether it is your kitchen or bathroom sink, toilet or bathtub. Some home or business owners are lucky in the sense that they have not have much if any problems with their drainage, so when a problem occurs they may overlook this simple solution. You may consider investing in a professional, industrial strength plunger. There are many plungers out there in the market, many of which just are not up to the task of a difficult clog.

If the assistance of a reliable plunger just is not getting the job done, then you may consider a proven drain cleaner. There are liquid and crystal products available. Some professionals prefer the crystal versions because they cut through the liquid and right to the clogging materials.

If neither of those options works, then you truly have a stubborn situation happening in your property’s drainage. Shutting off the water to the specific drain may be a good idea. In many instances an occupant of a property will try to use a drain that is not working, thereby worsening a tough situation with the additional burden of more non-draining water. If your best amateur efforts have not worked thus far, then it is time to call in professional plumbers.

You will want to call a contractor who is proven in the area, one that has a well-respected name. Additional information such as licensing, insurance and a solid rating with the Better Business Bureau will provide a better informed decision. There is no need to employ a plumber unless you are reasonably certain of their quality.

After you have located the best local plumbers, they will have access to many years of experience, training and a whole host of tools with which to work. The plumber will likely attack your difficult clog with an auger, more commonly referred to as a “snake.” Some scenarios are just much tougher than others, which is why a truly professional firm will have a nice variety of augers to utilize. Hopefully, this problem is not indicative of a larger problem involving your sewage drain, but rather a simple plumbing problem.

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