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3 Solutions For a Clogged Drain

You are trying to wash the dishes and discover that the sink if filling up with water, rather than draining away. You might stop and pause your dishwashing chores for a while, waiting for the water to drain away. And in some cases, you may discover that the drain does its job while you’re away, albeit slowly. Or you might find that the water is still there an hour later.

Whether the drain clears the water slowly or not at all, the reality is that you have a clogged drain in San Bernardino, CA that needs to be dealt with. Thankfully, we have the solutions that will properly deal with the issue.

What Might Cause a Clogged Drain

Maybe you are wondering what in the world could be clogging your drain in the first place. There is a variety of debris that can clog kitchen and bathroom drain alike, as they collect within the drain pipe over the years. These clog-causers can include

  • Fats, oils, and grease.
  • Coffee grounds
  • Rice
  • Hair
  • Soap scum
  • Trash
  • Paper towels
  • and more!

We point this list out because it can help to prevent clogs if you know what to keep out of your drains. However, we understand that you can’t always do this so you’ll need to know your options for clearing a clog.

3 Drain Clog Solutions

Here are three solutions that can help you clear your clogged drain.

A plunger

The plunger is something that just about anyone can try to use to clear a clogged drain. This can work for a toilet, a shower drain, or even a kitchen sink. There are different kinds of plungers that you can use for different types of drains but sometimes a plunger and some elbow grease are really all you need.

A drain snake

If the plunger doesn’t work it may be time to call for a little extra help. A drain snake or drain auger can be fed into the clogged drain where it can be used to pull out the clog or can be used to break the clog up. We’d advise having a professional be the one to use this tool to keep your drain safe from harm.

Hydro jetting

Last but not least, you can also call a professional for hydro jetting services. Sometimes also referred to as drain cleaning, this involves the use of a high-pressure jet of water to break up the clog and wash away the debris along with scouring any auditioning debris off the interior walls of the pipe.

The Bad Solution: Chemical Cleaners

Is there a solution that you should avoid? Yes! Chemical drain cleaners are actually going to be a supposed solution that really doesn’t solve anything. These substances usually only clear away certain substances, leaving behind debris that will cause another clog in the near future. They can also end up damaging the very drain they’re meant to help.

When you need help clearing a clogged drain, contact Sweetwater Plumbing. We don’t charge by the hour, We charge by the job!

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