No matter how nice you are to your plumbing, you could run into a clogged drain. The drain is not only a nuisance, but it can lead to more serious problems. If you think you have a clogged drain, here is what you need to know about drain cleaning.
Is It Clogged?
Detecting a clogged drain early is important. The longer the drain is clogged, the more the obstruction can grow. When that happens, you could be faced with an even more serious problem.
One of the first signs you might notice when there is a clog is that the water drains slowly. It will usually pool up around the drain and take longer to clear. Sometimes, the water will back up into a sink drain.
Another sign to look for is water spots on the floor. The spots will appear near the sink or bathtub. When you run the sink in your bathroom, you might notice bubbles appearing in the toilet.
As the problem grows worse, your nose will clue you in. A rotten smell will start to come from the drains. The smell could attract gnats and other insects to the area.
What Should You Do?
If you notice the clogged drain when the obstruction is still manageable, you can likely clear it with a plunger. You have to be sure to use the right plunger though.
There are two type of plunger. The first is designed for sinks and has a shallow suction cup. The cup is designed to seal around the drain and provide the pressure that is needed to push an obstruction down the plumbing pipes.
The second type of plunger is a toilet plunger. Toilet plungers not only have a suction cup, but it has an extended cup in the center. The extended cup is designed to fit down the toilet's drain. If you use the wrong plunger, you might not get the best results.
If you are plunging a bathroom sink, remember to plug up the overflow hole. The hold will prevent the plunger from getting a tight seal around the drain. If you do not have a plug, try pushing a towel into the hole.
Plunging will likely not work if the obstruction is firmly wedged or is large. You can continue to try other methods, but calling a plumber to clear the drain at this point will ensure the obstruction is cleared and that it is done without causing other damage to your plumbing lines.