Clogged Drains & Leaks

clogged drainsEveryone will have to face a clogged drain and leaks at some point. That moment when the water comes back up with dirt and slime can have your heart racing in confusion. Thankfully, there is no need to overthink this because clogged drains always leave warning signs. When the sink takes more time than normal to drain or water pools around your feet in the shower, you know you may soon have to deal with a clogged drain.

What causes a clogged drain?

Typically, a clogged drain means something has blocked the drain and it can no longer function effectively. There are several clogging culprits and they are unique to the type of drain.

The shower drain is subject to things like soap scum, skin flakes, hair, dirt, and in some cases cosmetic products. The bathroom sink has to deal with hair, toothpaste, and soap residue. These clogging culprits accumulate over time and eventually block the drain completely.

The toilet is the last place you want to find with a clogged drain, but it is often because of flushing down the wrong items. The kitchen drain just suffers from misuse. Some homeowners will let anything go down the kitchen drain. While this is wrong, other clogging culprits for the kitchen drain are food particles and grease.

Why you must fix a clogged drain quickly?

Your drain would work with less speed than normal at first before becoming completely blocked. When this happens, pressure builds up in the pipes and joints. This can lead to leaks or even burst pipes. If there is any corrosive or harsh chemical stuck in the drain during this time, it can eat holes through the pipes and cause more damage. At this point, no DIY can solve the problem.

How to clear a clogged drain (before calling an expert).

  • A Plunger
    Plungers work best in the kitchen sink and when the clogging culprits are food particles. To use a plunger, fill the sink halfway with warm water. Use the plunger to suck away the dirt and rinse off with clean water. It is effective but often a temporary fix.
  • Boiling Water
    Remove the standing water from the sink, then pour boiling water down the drain. You can repeat this a few times to get instant results. If the drain remains clogged, remove the standing water as before. Next, pour salt down the drain followed by more boiling water.
  • Vinegar and Baking Soda
    Clear the sink of standing water and pour equal parts vinegar and baking soda down the drain. The mixture will fizz for a few moments. Leave it to sit for up to 15 minutes. After this, pour boiled water down the drain.

Call a Plumber at Captain Electric

Calling a plumber is the best option for clearing a clogged drain. Most DIY methods are effective but temporary. A plumber from Captain Plumber will save you stress and money in the long run with efficient plumbing services. We are ready to respond to your emergency needs and have all drains up and running in no time.