Dealing with clogged drains can be a real headache. Sometimes it’s a simple clog that you can fix yourself with a plunger or a small manual snake. For more severely clogged drains, however, especially backups that originate in the main line, you can save yourself a lot of time and hassle by calling a pro right away.

How do you know when a clogged drain is severe enough to require professional attention? Here are a few indications that you may have a severe clog on your hands.

  • When more than one drain is running slow. Multiple clogged drains usually aren’t a coincidence – most likely you have a single clog below where the drainage pipes meet, perhaps even in the main line. The problem could even be 15 feet from the house, requiring a professional snake that is long enough and strong enough to break through and clear it at that distance.
  • When water backs up into another drain. For instance, if you find standing water in your utility sink when you’re doing laundry, or water backs up into your bathtub or shower when you flush the toilet, you likely have a main line clog.
  • When your drains smell like sewage. It’s normal for a kitchen drain to develop a foul smell on occasion, but smelly garbage disposals are usually easily resolved by putting lemon peels, ice, or baking soda and vinegar down the drain. If this doesn’t resolve the smell, or if it’s coming from multiple drains, your main line may be backed up.

Few things are more frustrating than slow-running drains, especially when they start interfering with your day-to-day tasks. If you suspect a severe clog, resist the urge to pour chemicals into your drain to clear it, as these rarely work and usually just sit in the pipes for the plumber to find when he comes to clear the drain. Instead, call Apollo Home Comfort today for clogged drains and other plumbing problems in the Greater Cincinnati area, and we’ll have your plumbing flowing freely in no time!