A clogged drain or toilet is among the most common plumbing issues. Ignored, this common and rather simple issue can become a big problem, causing slow drainage, water or sewage backups, and even damaged plumbing pipes. Fortunately, there are many solutions. Your friends here at Rooter Hero Plumbing of Phoenix offer professional drain cleaning, but this article will primarily focus on the plumbing auger and how to use it. We will also quickly review some of the other solutions and our thoughts on them. If you would like to schedule a professional drain cleaning in Phoenix or arrange an emergency dispatch, then feel free to call Rooter Hero Plumbing of Phoenix at any time.
The Risk of Clogged Drains
Drains are generally between an inch to two inches in diameter. This is enough to take care of basic waste and wastewater, but improper usage can cause problems. For instance, pouring used fats, oils, and greases into drains and even using bar soap can be problematic as these can harden and get stuck in the drain line, essentially narrowing the drains. Then, other debris such as hairs, food scraps, and dirt can get stuck in that area, building up larger blockages.
The consequences include slow drainage and even water or sewage backups. Worse, the area around the blockage can accumulate still water, which can speed up rusting and corrosion. Eventually, you will be dealing with cracked and even burst pipes.
The drain auger, also known as a drain snake, is specially designed to break through and remove blockages. You can typically purchase a drain auger at a local hardware store for roughly ten to twenty dollars, and using it is fairly simple.
Grab the auger and insert the end of it directly into the toilet or drain. Crank the handle clockwise to send the auger further into the drains. You should eventually feel the snake hit a blockage. Once you feel the snake has snagged the clog, pull it out without rotating the drain. What comes out might be a gross collection of dirt, grime, and muck. Remove this gunk and send the auger back in until the drain is unclogged. It’s as easy as that.
Other solutions for clogged toilets and drains include chemical drain cleaners, plunging, and professional drain cleaning.
We do not recommend using chemical drain cleaners as the harsh chemicals in these solutions can do more harm to the drains than good. These harsh chemicals are especially dangerous if you have a septic system installed.
Plunging is similar to a drain snake in that it requires some elbow grease and breaks through the blockage, but it does not thoroughly clear out the blockage. You can expect to deal with the same clog sooner or later.
A professional drain cleaning is a great solution if you want safe and long-lasting results. Rooter Hero Plumbing of Phoenix is proud to offer reliable drain cleaning in Gilbert with live video footage. Call now to consult with a representative and schedule your appointment today.