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3 Ways to Handle a Clogged Drain


Have you ever experienced a situation when a drain clogged on you in the middle of a task? Maybe you were washing dishes or even preparing dinner and suddenly your kitchen sink stops draining. It’s a very inconvenient and unpleasant problem but thankfully a drain clog is something solvable.

Firstly, make sure that the problem isn’t due to food sitting in your garbage disposal. If running your garbage disposal doesn’t solve the issue, then it may mean you need to dig a little deeper to resolve things. We can help resolve any clogged drain in San Bernardino, CA. Read on to see what your options are to solve the problem and restore proper drainage again.

Be Prepared By Knowing The Warning Signs

Yes, being prepared helps you handle a clog in a less stressful manner. But this isn’t actually a solution. We include this just to help make the entire situation easier for you. The sooner you catch the warning signs that your drain is going to clog, the easier it will be to address it before it interrupts your whole life.

Warning signs include:

  • You notice that drainage is slowing down.
  • The drain makes gurgling or sucking noises when in use.
  • You’ve already had to unclog the drain recently with a plunger.
  • The drain has started to smell unpleasant.

3 Solutions To Handle a Clogged Drain

It finally happened, your drain has stopped working. There is more than one way to handle this issue. The top three solutions to this problem will include:

1. A plunger

This is the often tried and sometimes true method for clearing clogs. You and your elbow grease can plunge the offending drain to try to get the clog dislodged and clear the drain again. Plungers are used for all kinds of clogs, from toilets to shower and sink drains.

2. A drain snake

If a plunger proves ineffective, you may have a tougher clog on your hands that might be cleared with a drain snake. A drain snake is a tool that is comprised of a drain auger attached to a flexible cord. The cord is fed down the drain and the drill bit is used to either break up or pull out the clog.

3. Hydro jetting

Last but certainly not least, you can rely on a professional plumber to hydro jet your drain. This is a drain cleaning method that uses a high-powered jet of water to scour debris out of the drain and blast the clog away. It is highly effective for clearing clogs and can also help prevent another clog from forming in the near future.

Having trouble with slow or clogged drains? Come to our team to get things working right again. We can even work with your to schedule annual drain cleaning to ensure that you rarely, if ever, have to deal with a drain clog again.

Contact Sweetwater Plumbing to schedule an appointment and address that clogged drain today. We don’t charge by the hour, we charge by the job!

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