Everything You Should Know About Heat Pumps

Everything You Should Know About Heat Pumps

Drain Clogs: When You Need to Call a Professional and When You Can Do It Yourself

Jessica Jimenez

While you may be able to fix a simple clogged toilet or a garbage disposal spitting up potato peels, when you have a drain that continues to clog, this can indicate a bigger problem within your plumbing system. If you have noticed a slow drain or two in your home, or you have clogs that never seem to go away, it may be time to call in a professional plumber who can assess your entire plumbing system. However, if the clog isn't too severe, there are ways to unclog a drain yourself.

When It's Time to Call a Professional

While a slow shower drain is probably due to a buildup of soap scum and hair, if you find that more than one drain in your home is draining slowly this can indicate bigger problems with your entire plumbing system. When more than one drain is going slowly, this can indicate a clog in your main sewer line. The main sewer line can be clogged with any number of materials, but a major reason the main sewer line gets clogged is when tree roots grow into the pipe. While a drain cleaner might work temporarily, tree roots need to be removed by a professional in order to have the drain cleared effectively. 

Left untreated, a main sewer line that is partially clogged from tree roots will eventually become completely blocked. When this happens, you run the risk of water and sewage backing up into your home through any open drain.

Do It Yourself Options for Drain Cleaning

If the clog doesn't seem too bad, and if you don't have any drain cleaning chemicals to try on your clogged drain, you can try using baking soda and vinegar on the clog. Vinegar and baking soda react when combined, bubbling up and causing a mildly abrasive action. This type of drain cleaning works on partial clogs, but it is going to be ineffective against drains that are clogged from tree roots. A traditional plumbing snake and plunger can work too, but not if the clog is too deep down in the pipes. Clogs that are within the plumbing system and not just near the surface are difficult to treat, and this is when it is time to call in a professional plumber to handle the task for you.

If you have drains that are going to slowly or are completely clogged, call in a plumber to check out your plumbing system before you have bigger problems. It may be time for a proper sewer or drain cleaning.


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Everything You Should Know About Heat Pumps

Hello. My name is Josiah. I am a 44-year-old married dad of three. I work in the automotive industry and love what I do. Recently, my heating and cooling unit stopped working. I did a lot of research on what type of heating element I should install in my home. I wanted something energy efficient, yet reliable and lasting. After a lot of research, I settled on a heat pump. A heat pump is a great heating and cooling element that many people don't yet know about. I created this blog to help educate other people on heat pumps and answer questions related to it. If you need a new heating or cooling device for your home, I hope my website helps explain to you what a heat pump is and how it can be beneficial.