It is inevitable at some point, you will have to deal with a clogged drain. Whether its food buildup in your kitchen sink or too much hair stuck in your shower drain, and you can’t fix that clogged drain — then it’s time for a main drain clearing. You may be able to fix drain clogs yourself if the problem is confined to specific fixtures, such as a sink drain or a toilet. However, when all drains are affected — or when you see warning signs, such as water going down one drain and backing up in another — it generally means the main drain is clogged and a professional is needed.
When it is a simple clog, plumbers will use a snaking tool to target the specific pipe, breaking up the clog and letting water flow freely through the plumbing. If your bathroom sink is clogged, it’s not likely to affect your dishwasher or washing machine. If your main sewer line is clogged, your whole home will feel the effects. Main drain clearing is performed using a jetting process that involves shooting a certain amount of pressurized water into the drain system to fully clear out the pipes. The main drain is where all your households’ drains meet below the house and carries the wastewater to the municipal sewer lines or to a septic system.
Before your plumber starts clearing the main drain he will put a camera down in the pipes to see exactly where the problem is and if it is from a pipe being compromised by a tree root or something else. Most likely it is a sludge buildup caused by soap scum and oils clinging to the pipes causing the clog. If that is the case, snaking the drain will only put a few holes in it and the clog will quickly return so a professional main drain clearing is the way to go. You might be tempted to try products that are supposed to quickly unclog your drains. The problem is that while many of them will break down whatever is clogging your drain they may also start to break down the pipes as well. If you notice slow moving drains, frequent clogs, multiple clogs or a bad odor coming up from a drain it is time to call in the professionals for a main drain clearing.
If you have a clogged drain or you’re worried the system is slowly starting to backup, call Apollo Home today. We offer a full range of main drain clearing and unclogging services to all of our Cincinnati metropolitan area customers. Don’t wait for the worst to happen – call us today and learn how we can help solve your slow drainage problems today before the problem spirals out of control.