Sinks, toilets and tubs all develop clogs from time to time. Usually, there's no reason to be concerned. You plunge the drain, maybe use a pipe snake, and the debris loosens, allowing water to flow freely again. What do you do when these common drain clearing measures don't work? Here's a look at three possible causes of a slow drain that won't loosen up, and how to figure out which cause is to blame for your situation.
Solid materials stuck in the drain.
Plunging is great for loosening clogs made from hair, soapy residue and other grime. However, it's not always good at bringing large items like socks or toys out of the drain. If you have a child who may have shoved an object down the drain, you should especially consider this possibility.
If you're brave and handy, you can disconnect the drain beneath a tub or sink, and check for clogging items yourself. Turn the water off to the sink, and then remove then unscrew the pipes leading to the drain. If the clog is in a toilet or you don't trust yourself to fiddle with the pipes, you're best off calling a plumber to do this for you.
A clog in the main sewer line.
Another reason your clog might not be budging is that it's not in your drain itself, but in a larger drainage pipe, such as the main sewage line or the large pipe leading to your septic tank. This is particularly likely if more than one drain in your home is running slowly, or if you disassemble the drain and don't find a clogging object.
Clogs in large pipes are hard to clear, and should be handled by a plumber. Don't attempt to clear this type of clog with chemical drain cleaner, since doing so might lead to pipe erosion if the drain cleaner does not rinse down the pipe quickly enough.
A full or overflowing septic tank.
If you have a septic tank, slow drains may indicate that your tank is full or overflowing. This is especially likely during rainy, wet weather, and the water that is ejected into the tank from your home will have a harder time diffusing into the saturated soil. Experts recommend having your septic tank pumped every three years, or every year if you have a garbage disposal. If it has been a while since you've had your tank pumped, having this done is likely to solve your slow drain problem.
If you have a slow drain that won't clear, it can be tempting to ignore the problem and hope if goes away on its own. However, this rarely happens. Call a plumber like one from Drainline Plumbing & Sewer Specialist now before the problem gets worse and more expensive to fix.Share
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