How Do I Clear a Stopped Drain?

How Do I Clear a Stopped Drain?

If you’ve got standing water in your sink that simply refuses to flow away down your drain, then you most likely know the cause of the issue: your drain is clogged. Drain clogs are one of the most common problems a homeowner will face with their plumbing and one which nearly everybody has their own opinion on the best way to resolve.

However, not all of these suggested solutions are effective, and some can actually cause even greater damage to your plumbing.

Have Your Drain Inspected

At Dutton Plumbing, we strongly recommend every drain clog removal service be accompanied by a camera inspection of your drain line. Our camera inspections use state-of-the-art equipment to examine your drain line and get a clearer picture of what exactly is going on. This way we can make sure the problem is taken care of completely and that no other more serious problems may be lurking in your pipes.

Use a Snake or Auger

If your clog is small or easily accessible from your sink or fixture, we usually can take care of the issue with a plumbing tool known as a “snake” or “auger.” This tool is fed down your drain line where it latches on to the clog in your line and yanks it out of your drain. This removes the clog and gets your drain flowing smoothly again.

Don't Use Chemical Drain Cleaners

Your local home improvement or hardware store more than likely has a selection of chemicals designed to remove clogs in your drains. However, they usually only partially resolve the problem by creating a small hole in the clog at best. While this may get your drain moving again, the clog usually returns shortly after. Likewise, these acidic chemicals can literally dissolve your drain lines, leading to catastrophic plumbing damage that costs thousands to repair.

Don't Assume the Problem is Small

If you have one drain, in particular, that seems to clog far more than any other, then the problem may not be a simple one. Things like tree root intrusion or damaged pipes can be far more serious and require more aggressive repair solutions than a simple clog. This is one of the reasons we so strongly recommend a camera inspection to determine the true cause of your problem—so we can recommend the proper repair solution.

Have your drain clog issue handled by a Ventura County plumbing professional by calling Dutton Plumbing at (805) 849-0965 today! We also provide drain cleaning services throughout Los Angeles and Santa Clarita.

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