Have you ever dealt with a difficult drain clog? Did you end up calling an experienced Roto-Rooter plumber to take care of the situation? Clogged drains are one of the most common plumbing problems in homes across the country. Since the advent of food disposals systems, drain clogs have become even more prevalent. You may be asking, “What should I do if a major clog occurs in my home?” Here are some details that might be helpful.
Food Disposal Systems
People often place items in their food disposal that really should be thrown in the kitchen garbage can. Things like potato peels and leftovers from dinner should go straight in the trash. A food disposal is nothing more than a machine that grinds items into mush and sends them into the drain and out to the sewer system. Certain items like peelings, rinds, and large portions of food cannot be processed efficiently by the disposal and will invariably be caught in the P-trap under your sink. In fact, the pressure from the disposal may impact the food in the trap so tightly that the piping will have to be taken apart to remove the clog. It is best to advise everyone in the household to only place small food items in the disposal system such as small table scraps scraped from plates before putting them in the dishwasher. All other items should be thrown in the garbage can.
Clearing Drain Clogs
You will know there are problems when water backs up in your sinks or tubs and refuses to drain. These moments are frustrating and may make you confused on what to do first. Calling a Roto-Rooter plumber would be a good idea since our technicians have years of experience clearing drains and would know exactly what to do.
However, you may decide not to call since you feel it is a small project and you can clear your own drains. If you have tried retail drain cleaners and had no success with those, perhaps you have decided to try other means. Working with the tools you already have, you might try using a toilet plunger. The uneven pressure the plunger creates in a drainpipe will often be enough to clear minor clogs. The most common tool used to clear drains and the tool your plumbing technician will likely use is a drain snake. This flexible rod with a claw-like end attachment will rip through the materials causing the clog and open up the drain once again.
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