What to do for a Clogged Drain

clogged drainDealing with any type of plumbing problem can be costly. A simple clogged drain can easily be treated with basic tools and natural treatments. If you do not care for your drains properly, a slow flowing drain can turn into a serious clog. You may need to hire a plumber to come out and care for your drains if they get to the point where water is unable to flow through them.

Pipe Snake

A great way to clean up a clogged drain is by using a pipe snake. This tool is inserted directly into the drain and you slowly crank it until it reaches the clog. It will break up the clog or it will push it down the drain. The pipe is usually too small in a toilet and sinks to push down large amounts of toilet paper and other things. When it gets stuck, a pipe snake is usually the only thing that will work. For tight drains, call a professional. A pipe snake can get stuck and it can lead to serious problems.


In most drain problem cases, a simple plunger will be able to resolve the issue. Using a plunger you need to simply apply pressure on the drain to push and pull the obstruction from the drain. Toilet paper will easily come up when you use a plunger. Other items may have a harder time pushing through the drain. Always keep a plunger in your bathroom in case you do have drain problems that are easy to solve.

Drain Cleaner

To prevent clogs, clean your drains each month. Use a standard drain cleaner to break up soap scum and buildup that can cause a drain to become backed up. The harsh chemicals should be kept out of reach from your children as they are toxic. There are natural drain cleaners that you can use to clean your drains and prevent soap scum buildup. The most common natural method to use is to pour ½ cup of baking soda down the drain. Follow this with 1 cup of vinegar and allow it to work on the drain for 30 minutes before flushing the drain with hot water.

Professional Drain Cleaning

A professional drain cleaning company will be able to care for any drainage problems. They can easily manage problems related to tree roots in the drains and other serious issues. A professional plumber will use jetting equipment to break up difficult clogs. They also use cameras that are feed deep into your drainage system to check for clogs and other issues that can be serious. Older pipes can collapse on themselves, causing a lot of problems. Knowing the state of your homes plumbing system can help you prepare for pipe replacement and other costs. Call your local Rotorooter for information on serious drain clogs and what you can do.

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