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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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Fixing A Clogged Pipe

There is no doubt that dealing with a clogged drain can be frustrating. A clogged drain can come from putting hair, wrappers, or just excess material down the drain. A drain can also become clogged if there is a mineral buildup. No matter what the cause of your clogged drain, it is important that you take care of it as soon as possible. However, it can be a little bit difficult to know the best way to go about getting rid of a clogged drain. This article will cover three steps to approach your clogged drain. 

Drain Cleaners 

One of the first things that you should do is pour a bottle of drain cleaner down your drain. This is the most simple way to deal with a clog. Just be sure that you wear goggles because drain cleaners can be extremely powerful and harmful to your eyes. The good news is that it is powerful and that means that it is very tough on clogs. Since the cleaner is a base, or in other words it has a PH greater than 7, it will accept hydrogen atoms. This means that the clog will become softer and much more likely to go down the drain. 

Pipe Snakes/Augers

The second thing that you should try if you are still battling a clog after the pipe cleaner is a pipe snake. The pipe snake is a cable that is meant to physically push or dislodge the clog down the drain. These cables come in different sizes to allow you to go through complicated and tortuous piping. The reason that you want to start with a cleaner and then move to a snake is so the clog is softer. When it comes to dealing with a clog a pipe snake or auger is a great way to go. 

The Plumber

If you are not able to get the clog fixed with the first two steps, then you should call a plumber. If the clog was not fixed then you most likely have damage to the pipe. The plumber will likely come into your home and immediately push a pipe snake down your drain, with a video camera. This way they are able to get eyes on what is going on with your drain. once the plumber knows what is causing your problem he or she will be able to take the necessary steps to fix your problem. 

Contact a company like Midwestern Plumbing Service for more information and assistance.