Steps To Cleaning A Clogged Drain

It can be hard to know when you should call a plumber with a clogged pipe. You want to try to get the clog fixed on your own, but there is a time when it is necessary to call a professional. There are many different ways to get rid of a clog, but the best thing to do is try and prevent clogs in the first place. The best thing that you can do is throw items in the garbage. Putting food down the garbage disposal, wrappers, condoms, cigarettes, mineral buildup, and hair are all common reasons to have a clog. Here are a few different steps to take to clean out a pipe if you are connected to the city sewer.

Liquid Drain Cleaner

One of the first actions that you should take is using liquid drain cleaners. These cleaners are extremely basic, or they have a PH above 7. In fact, most liquid drain cleaners have a PH around 11. This means that it is very important to first be very careful when using the liquid. Be sure that you have eye protection on when you pour it down the drain. The liquid is able to penetrate some of the very hardest clogs.

Pipe Snake

If the liquid drain cleaner does not take care of the problem it may be time to physically remove the clog with a pipe snake. This is a long cable that can be pushed down the sink to come into physical contact with the clog. The pipe snake will then push the clog in an attempt to dislodge whatever is blocking the pipe. A pipe snake is usually a very good way to finish off the clogged sink. 


If you have tried the liquid drain cleaner, and have put a pipe snake down the drain but have not been successful in cleaning the pipe, then it is time to call the plumber. There is a very good chance that your clog is not a clog at all. You may be dealing with a collapsed or kinked pipe. This can occur from water hammer or to much pressure in the line. The plumber will then put a camera on the end of a pipe snake and put it down the pipe. With the aid of a camera the plumber will know exactly what is wrong with the pipe, and then he or she will be able to fix the problem. 

For more information, contact companies like Roto-Rooter Sewer & Drain Cleaning Service.