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Plumbing For Beginners

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 For A Clogged Drain

It can be very frustrating to have a clogged up pipe, and the worst thing about it is that a clogged pipe is most likely your fault. If you are connected to a city sewer then you have a couple different options that you can go through. Whether the buildup is in fact your fault or if it is a mineral buildup, it needs to be cleared up as soon as possible. Obviously the sooner the problem is taken care of the better. Here are a few steps that you should go through when you are dealing with a clogged drain.

Drain Cleaners 

One of the first things that you should do is look for a really high quality drain cleaner. A drain cleaner is very easy to use, usually simply pouring it down the drain. Just be sure that you use safety equipment because the chemicals are in fact very strong. The drain cleaners on the market today are very strong bases, meaning that they accept hydrogen ions. When the cleaner comes in contact with the clog it will start to make the clog much softer. This will often allow the clog to simply slip down the drain. 

Pipe Snakes

If the clog is still around after a drain cleaner the next step is to use a pipe snake to try and actually push the clog down the drain. A pipe snake is a strong cable that can be pushed down the drain to physically come into contact with the drain, and hopefully push the clog down the drain. The pipe snake you choose should be chosen by the diameter of the snake. If your plumbing has a lot of 90's then you should choose a pipe snake that has less diameter. This will allow it to go through the complex plumbing system. 

Call A Professional

If the clog still persists after these first two steps you will want to contact a professional. The first two steps will help you get rid of the majority of common clogs that you have, so if the clog is still a problem a professional is in the way to go. The plumber will put a camera on the end of a pipe snake or other cable and find out exactly what is causing the clog. In this situation there is a very good possibility that the pipe has been kinked or collapsed. In any case, the plumber will be able to fix the problem. 

For more information, contact companies like Reeves Plumbing & Heating.