Why You Should Immediately Clean a Clogged Drain

January 5, 2022by Patrick Schaible0

A clogged drain should never be taken lightly. A clogged drain is often the starting point of expensive plumbing repairs. We previously wrote about why Drano is not a good solution to a clogged pipe. A plunger can work for many types of common residential clogs. However, if this isn’t working or you cannot use a plunger, do not ignore a clog. Below we will show you the true cost and why you should immediately clean a clogged drain.

What is a Clogged Drain?

No matter the location, the drain plays a vital role on your property to help maintain its cleanliness. Clean drains mean no leakage that leads to dirty floors, which allows your occupants to be safe from illnesses, infections, and diseases transmitted by germs and bacteria – not to mention the damage to footwear. Additionally, clean drains can extend the lifespan of other equipment on your property. Drains that perform correctly allow all surrounding areas to remain dry to prevent rust and further damage. Clogged drains take away these benefits and lead to far more harm than listed above. Therefore, it is essential to take action on your blocked drain as soon as possible to keep the problem from worsening. Unfortunately, not doing so can lead to expensive repairs.

When to Address a Clogged Drain

You know how your drains should run. In fact, all your drains should be able to handle maximum water flow for an extended time without any overflow. But this can all be easily undone. For example, just a bit too much toothpaste down a bathroom sink can lead to a clog. The water flow may not back up, but it will be visible.

You may be tempted not to deal with this clog until it becomes more serious, but that is a mistake, especially in the case of older properties. If an older drain line gets completely clogged, replacement is a highly likely scenario. Such a situation could mean the opening of walls, ceilings, floors, and in some cases, cabinets. It is all done to gain access to the clog in the pipes. In extreme cases, your plumbers may need to go under your property’s slab to deal with the clog.

Those of you who need more convincing should click here to get scared straight by a video of a home with just that issue.

The above are all more costly and complex than simply addressing the initial clog when it began.

Cutaway of a clogged drain

Not only is clogged plumbing annoying, they can also be very serious. If you have a plumbing clog and you avoid getting rid of it, it can turn into a serious issue. Plumbing clogs can cause burst pipes and they can also lead to backups in your toilet, sink, shower, or bathtub.

How to Clean a Clogged Drain

  • We at Schaible’s do not recommend using Drano, Liquid Plumber, etc. to unclog a drain as they can worsen the situation.
  • Boiling water may be poured down the drain to see if it fixes the issue. Do this two to three times to see if it works.
  • Do not use baking soda and vinegar for clogged drains. Many people swear by this method, but it can do more harm than good. It may work on some leaks but is still not recommended. However, in the case of older pipes, it can cause damage to the pipes, which can result in anything from a leak to a full-blown rupture. The same goes for salt and baking soda.
  • A plunger may be able to take care of many simple clogs in sinks, tubs, and showers.
  • A snake may also be used in applicable scenarios.
  • Do not attempt to unclog a toilet with a plunger or snake unless you have the proper training.
  • When you’re trying to dislodge a clog caused by a small, hard object (like a bottle top), a plunger will merely push it deeper into the drain, making it even more difficult to remove. Instead, break out your wet-dry vacuum and suck the object out.

If you are unable or unwilling to address your clog in the above manner, call an experienced professional as soon as possible to address the issue.

Clogged drain Repair in New Jersey or Pennsylvania

Clean a clogged drain on your home or business before it’s too late. Give us a call at 908-537-6770 or submit a quote request online. We are happy to help diagnose and repair your clogged drains and other related items. Our team is happy to come to your property and evaluate all of your options before charging you. Schaible’s is always there for our customers, new and old.

Our residential and commercial plumbing repair area covers all of northern & central New Jersey and Eastern PA – including Hunterdon County, Warren County, Somerset County, and Morris County. Our service area is convenient to Clinton, Flemington, Readington, Tewksbury, Whitehouse, Washington, Hackettstown, Phillipsburg, Bridgewater, Somerville, Branchburg, Long Valley, and Chester.

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