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Do you know how to unclog a drain or take care of a leaky faucet? It isn't always easy to know how to take care of a plumbing problem, which is why you should work with professionals to handle the task. I started working with a professional plumber a few years ago after we started having problems with our drains, and it was great not to have to stress about the job. I wanted to start a blog dedicated to handling plumbing tasks, so that you know how to resolve challenges without a bunch of unneeded stress every single day.



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Steps To Fix A Clogged Drain

There are few things as frustrating as having a clogged drain. Whether the clogged drain is a sink, a bathtub, or a toilet the clog can cause a lot of frustrations. If you do not take care of the clog it can get worse, so it is important that you take action as soon as possible. Whether the clog is from mineral buildup, hair, or accidental garbage down the drain, it can be cleaned up. There are a few steps that you should take to help you clean that clog effectively. Here are a few simple steps that you should go through to help un-clog your drain:

Liquid Drain Cleaner

First, if you are on a septic system, you should skip this step. The liquid drain cleaners have a high ph and can kill the bacteria in your septic system. However, if you are on a city sewer system the first thing that you should try is a liquid drain cleaner. the high ph means that it accepts hydrogen ions and helps these clogs de-materialize and go down the drain. It is a very simple process to pour the cleaner down the drain and wait. Just be sure that you wear protective equipment as these cleaners are extremely powerful.

Pipe Snake

The next step, or first step if you are on a septic system, should be to use a pipe snake. This is a small cable that you can push down the drain to physically dislodge the clog from your pipe. These pipe snakes can come in many different sizes which can be useful if the plumbing has a lot of 90's. If the pipes are extremely tortuous then you may need to use a small size cable to get down to the clog. 


If you have gone through these two steps and you are still fighting a clog, it is time to call a plumber. There is a chance that the clog is actually a kinked or broken pipe. In this case, you will not be able to fix it yourself. A plumber will use a video camera to figure out exactly what is down the pipe causing the clog. Once the culprit is spotted the plumber will be able to take necessary action, whether they need to go in and replace some pipe or simply go in with an auger to remove the really tight clog. 

Contact a company like Plumber Boy for more information and assistance.