November 13, 2012

Repair Clogged Drains Denver

 Repair Clogged Drains Denver

Repairing Clogged Drains in Denver are one of the most common calls we get here at Handybears, so we’re going to give you some more suggestions about how to avoid drain problems and how to fix them when they do occur.

Chemical drain cleaners are okay for some clogged drains but they contain chemicals that you would not want to get on your skin and these same chemicals can ruin a septic system, if that’s what you’re using at your home. Make sure you follow the directions carefully and always make sure to flush your plumbing pipes well after you’re done using a chemical drain cleaner. We would like to day right here that there are mechanical drain cleaning methods that are more effective and they won’t damage your existing plumbing or your skin.

Before you can unclog your drain, you must find out where the drain is clogged. In most cases the clogged drain is confined to just one area like your shower, toilet or a kitchen sink, which makes it very easy because this is one isolated area and in the case of the clogged kitchen sink there’s only one (trap) the (S) or (P) shaped PVC pipe right underneath the sink. If the problem is more than one drain then you probably have a problem with your Main Drain line, while more of a problem, is still within the skill set of most homeowners to unclog.

Most clogged drains are because the strainer in your sink or bathtub has become stopped up from hair and many other thing that are caught by the strainer and the water can’t drain fast enough anymore, so the sink or shower drain backup. Removing the strainer should be the first thing you check by simply removing the screws holding the strainer on and gently prying the strainer up, with a small screwdriver and remove anything that has collected around the strainer.

Stoppers should be cleaned often, because hair easily twists around the base of the stopper, which is what it’s supposed to do. Most stoppers can be removed by turning them with your fingers or you need to unscrew the small rod connected to the opener, under the base of the sink. Always make sure to pad pliers or any other tool you use with a piece of cloth so you won't damage the chrome finish.

A Toilet plunger is one of the easiest and best tools for unclogging drains and will usually clear away any blockage that’s close to the main drain.

Here are a few toilet plunger tips:

Block working on your toilet stuff some wet rags into the overflow holes in any nearby sinks.

Make sure there are 2 or 3 inches of water over the drain holes nearby. This water will force any obstructions out of the way and will also let allow you to see when you’ve pushed the clog out.

This is a great trick: Always place some petroleum jelly on the rim of the plunger. The petroleum jelly will create a tighter seal and more suction. Move the plunger up and down with some force a few times and then stop to see if water will drain from the sink. If the drain is still sluggish, try the plunger again. If it’s clear, run hot water to wash away any remaining debris.

If the plunger won't clear the clog, you'll have to clean the trap under the sink, you’ll need a bucket in to catch waste water while you’re trying to unclog the sink. If there’s no clean-out plug, loosen the two couplings to remove the trap. If you have chrome pipe fittings, once again you'll need to pad any tools to protect the finish and then hold the trap over the bucket and use a coat hanger or bottle brush to loosen debris in the trap and then wash the trap with hot water and a cleanser.

Sewer snakes, ah yes the trusty old sewer snake is what you’ll need if the blockage is deeper into the sink's drain or the main drain. After you’ve removed the trap, insert the snake into the sinks drain line and push until you feel resistance, the snake is probably against the clog; now try and hook the clog by moving the sewer snake's handle clockwise. When the debris is solidly hooked, twist and push the clog back and forth until you break up the clog and then flush the pipe with cold water.

Now carefully reassemble the trap making sure you reseal the threads using a pipe joint compound or Teflon tape. Now run the water to make sure the clog is flushed completely and the trap is not leaking where you reconnected it.

If more than one sink, bathtub or toilet is clogged, your problem is probably the main drain.

You’ll need to locate the clean-out plugs on the large drain pipes. You’ll usually find these on the vertical pipes in your basement or crawl space or in a garage or pantry closet. In a few cases the clean out plug may be located on a horizontal pipe.

After you locate the clean out plug, remove the fitting and make sure you have a waste bucket under the cleanout when you’re opening the drain plug. Now use a plumber's snake to find and loosen any clogs and in some cases you can use water under pressure to help loosen any clogs.

Okay, you’ve have your clogged pipes and drains under control in your home. We’d like to give you some tips to keep them that way…

In your kitchen: Pour excess grease into containers and throw them in the garbage and grease is also very hard on septic systems.

Always run plenty of cold water when you’re using your garbage disposal to flush food particles down and through the drains.

Never throw coffee grounds in your sink.

Once a week: Pour some boiling water in the sink to melt away fat or grease.

In your Bathroom: clean the pop-up stoppers every day if you use your kitchen often.

Don’t pour chemicals like paint thinner down your drain and dumping acid down your septic tank system is against the law.

Products claiming to maintain your septic system by using enzymes to attack grease really don’t work and may kill the bacteria needed to keep your system running well.

Thanks for stopping by and the Handybears will keep answer your questions. If you have any more questions call Bob Lewis anytime at 303.330.5585.


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