The Drain Game: Fixing Drain Problems

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The Drain Game: Fixing Drain Problems

Written By: Harris Johnston
Friday, June 28, 2019

Signs of trouble

You have to prepared for signs of trouble. The slow-draining bathtub or sink is one of the biggest ones. Experts say you should also pay attention to any gurgling noises coming from your drain. The walls may not be able to talk, but your pipes and drains definitely can. If theyrsquo;re making a noise that seems off, then you need to pay attention.

In extreme scenarios, raw sewage can back up and come out of your sink or tub. No one wants that. If your toilet and shower are located next to each other, the pipes could clog in a way that redirects sewage into your tub. That sounds gross because it is. Ideally, yoursquo;ll want to call a plumber to come over before that happens.

There are times when you can clear your drain on your own, but a raw sewage backup isnrsquo;t one of them. If you have long hair, then yoursquo;re more likely to get hair clogs in the shower. Those can be removed with a drain snake and a bit of hard work. If using a drain snake and pulling up sludgy hair feels gross, look at install a hair catcher in your drain to keep it from getting washed down the pipes in the first place.

Pinpointing drain problems

Older plumbing lines often have more problems than newer lines. Theyrsquo;ve undergone more wear and tear over the years, so it makes sense that they wonrsquo;t be able to handle issues the same way they did 10 or 20 years ago. If you live in an old house with a lot of trees in the backyard, then you should be prepared for the possibility that tree roots are clogging up your drain.

If you never that of that possibility, yoursquo;re not alone. Roots are kind of underground by nature, so you can pass the same pine tree every day and never suspect that it might be wreaking havoc on your drain. The roots can get so tangled up with your pipes that yoursquo;ll need to hire a team of plumbers to come out and perform a professional drain cleaning.

In some cases, plumbers may need to lower a camera into your pipes to get a better idea of whatrsquo;s going on, though. That should not be the first thing they do as soon as they get to your house, though. Instead, they should try more low-tech methods before jumping to a >

If you feel uneasy about their proposed methods, that means you need to ask more questions and get some clarification. A quality plumbing company will be happy to explain the thought process behind whatever theyrsquo;re doing. A shady company will shrug off your questions and ask you to just sign the paperwork. Look for companies that are transparent and pleasant rather than enigmatic and surly.

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