If you’re having issues with your main drain line, there are a few things you can try before calling a plumber.
A Plumbing Auger
Clogged drains are a common problem in homes. Fortunately, there are several ways to resolve them, including chemical drain cleaners and plumbing snakes (also known as augers). Plumbers often use plumbing snakes when they encounter a challenging clog that hasn’t been cleared by a plunger or the trap arm. These devices are long, flexible cables with a cone-shaped auger on one end that spins inside the pipe to dislodge clogs. They are best used against clogs located close to your sink and shower fixtures but can also be effective against some clogs in the main drain line. To get started, loosen the screw that holds the cable to its housing and insert the tip of the cable into the drain. Turn the manual crank or turn on the motor to feed the cable further into the drain. Once the cable hits resistance, it’s likely that you’ve hit the clog. You can remove it by hand and repeat the process two or three times to remove all clog material caught on the tip.
A Sewer Rod
Sewer rodding is the most effective way to clear your sewer lines of clogs. This specialized equipment uses long and flexible metal rods to break apart chunks of debris, causing blockages to fall away. When used properly, this process can clear your sewer line of clogs and keep them from coming back. The method can work on both small clogs and larger ones. Depending on the size of your home, you may be able to unclog a main drain line by yourself. However, it is almost always a good idea to call a professional for this job.
Call A Plumber
If you’re unsure of what to do, it is best to call a plumber for help when you notice anything that indicates your sewer line or drains need to be cleaned. If your situation requires a qualified, comprehensive solution, get in touch with Affordable Rooter today! Their Master Plumbers will go above and beyond to assess the scope of any plumbing issue, and work tirelessly to provide you with solutions that are thorough, sustainable and, above all, affordable.
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