Drains will clog from time to time. When you've put potato peels down your garbage disposal and your drain clogs, you know why the drain isn't working and you can fix the problem. If the drain has slowly clogged over time, there may be other reasons the drain isn't working properly. Built-up grease, hair and other debris that get down your drain can slowly cause a clog that is difficult to undo using at home remedies. If the clog is deep, drain cleaner may not be able to reach it. If the clog is too thick, a plunger may not provide enough suction. If you have more than one clogged or slow drain at a time, you may have a more systemic problem with your main sewer line.
When Drain Cleaner Doesn't Work
Drain cleaner is made from caustic chemicals that are designed to break up a clog so that you can rinse the remnants of the clog down the pipes and out to the sewer line. If the clog is deeper than normal, by the time the drain cleaner makes it to the clog, it won't be powerful enough to manage the clog. In addition, using more than one bottle of drain cleaner at a time can cause problems with your pipes. If a drain cleaner doesn't work, it's time to try a snake or plunger.
Try the Drain Snake
A drain snake is made to grab onto the clog and either pull it back to the surface or push it further down the pipe. You can usually find a drain snake in a hardware store, but it will probably only be long enough to handle clogs close to the surface. If you have a deep clog or a problem in the main sewer line, a professional plumber will need to come and snake out the drain.
If you have more than one drain acting up at the same time, there is clog of some sort in your main sewer line. Over time, tree roots can grow into the pipes, causing structures for other debris to get stuck on. Anything you flush down the toilets or run down your drains can get stuck on the tree roots, until it builds up and causes a complete clog. If the clog becomes total, you will have waste water coming into your home through drain and faucets.If this is the issue, call a plumber like Salinas & Sons Rooter Service immediately to repair the problem.