A clog is just a clog until it threatens to ruin your entire weekend.
While many homeowners don't mind the occasional DIY project to work on around the house, there comes a point when even the most experienced handyman needs to call a drain cleaning specialist. It can be hard to know when that time is, however, so below are a few questions to ask yourself as you consider your specific situation.
Is It Urgent?
Most drain cleaning situations are annoying, but if the clog is in a bathroom drain that is hardly ever used, it most likely doesn't need to be taken care of immediately. If you've got a clog in your kitchen sink right in the middle of Thanksgiving dinner, that's a much bigger issue, though, and it could be enough of a reason to call an emergency plumber out to handle the situation immediately.
Is It Spreading?
If there's a clog in just one of your drains in your house, most likely the problem is isolated to that location. If you find that all of the drains in your house are backing up, then it could be an issue with your main sewer line, which requires a drain cleaning specialist. Most plumbers have specialized tools that are not available to the everyday consumer, as well as years of experience in dealing with all kinds of clogs. Clearing your main water line is no small task, so if it's spreading to all your drains, call a plumber immediately.
Is It Getting Worse?
Over-the-counter drain cleaning solutions are effective to a point, but many of them can only clear a hole in the clog large enough for some water to pass through. Eventually, that debris will re-form and you'll have another clog on your hand - and this time, it could much worse. What was originally a small clog in one drain of your house can transform into a full sewer backup that could potentially cause water damage to your carpet or walls.
Moreover, unless you have specialized tools, the problem could be much larger than you realized. Many homeowners have embarked on a drain cleaning mission only to find out that the drain clog is thicker and farther down the drain than they knew. Before you get in a situation like that, call someone who is specialized in all kind of drain cleaning situations instead of attempting a DIY solution.
To learn more, contact a drain cleaning specialist.