Clearing Clogged Drain Pipes
Al’s Plumbing provides clogged toilet repair and drain pipes cleaning throughout your home. We also clear the sewer line in your lawn (connecting to the city’s sewer).
Al’s offers Full-Service plumbing. This includes; water heater repair, water heater replacement for both tankless and tank water heaters, sewer line replacement (under slab or in lawn), trenchless sewer line replacement (in lawn only), slab leak repair, burst pipe repair, repiping, leak detection, water filtration system installation and sales, gas line repair, and gas line installation.
These repairs are only part of what Al’s can do for your plumbing. We do any type of plumbing repair and replacement — and no job is too big or too small.
What You Can Do
The Zip It Drain Clearing Tool may be all you need. It is designed with upward facing spikes on each side. Push it into the drain, then pull it out and a lot of hair will become caught on the spikes. Remove the hair and go down the pipe on all four sides, you may have a clear drain.
The 18 inch length of the Zip It should be enough to reach the trap (the part which looks like an “S” on its side). This is where the hair is likely located.
If the clog is not caused by hair, a plunger may be an inexpensive solution.
While not effective on hair, a plunger may remove the build-up which clogs bath and kitchen drains over time. Fill the sink 1/3 full with water, the move plunger up and down several times. Remove the plunger by pulling up and away from the drain. If you see black debris (which has a foul odor) — that’s what you are trying to remove. Remove the debris and flush down the toilet and repeat to see if you can adequately clear the drain.
For toilet clogs, try a plunger first. If that does not work, you can try a drain-snake. The curled end is designed to catch on debris, or push a hole through it, which may clear the line. Once the drain-snake is removed, flush to see if the toilet is working. Do this on all four edges of the toilet opening as needed.
NOTE: Wear Rubber Gloves. You are dealing with debris which has clogged a toilet — and we all know what that debris most likely is…
Here is a YouTube video showing How To Clear A Clogged Drain using a drain snake. If you can’t, or don’t want to, call Al’s for Same Day Service.
Garbage Disposal Maintenance
While this won’t unclog a disposer, it will reduce the likelihood of it clogging to begin with.
Good garbage disposer maintenance includes a periodic purging of the drain line leading from the disposal. This can be accomplished by plugging the drain, adding 2-4 inches of water, removing the drain plug and turning the disposal on. All collected water gets pushed through the drain very quickly.
In addition to being a part of good maintenance, you should also clear your drain line after disposing of particularly fibrous foods. This helps ensure all food particles make their way completely down drain, to the larger collection-pipe under the home.