Your drains are a surprisingly complicated network of pipes taking all the wastewater and other products from your appliances to the main sewer line. You are responsible for the maintenance and repair of all the drain pipes on your property, that includes those running under your yard until they connect to the main drain.
One of the biggest issues a homeowner will face is clogs in the drains. These can occur for a number of reasons, including tree roots damaging the pipes. However, the most common reason is that the wrong items have been put down the drains and caused a clog. The only things that should go down the drains are wastewater, human waste, and toilet paper.
It’s the reason why most experts recommend an annual pipe inspection and cleaning. Although it’s recommended that you get the professionals in to clean the drains for you, it is possible to do them yourself. However, if the problem is severe you should get the experts in non destructive digging to take a look. They will be able to clean in and around your underground drains without digging the soil and still eliminating the debris and roots that commonly accumulate.
If it’s done regularly it can save problems from happening, which means you won’t have to deal with the hassle and expense of having sewer water in your home.
Sink drains generally have small pipes and can’t be cleaned with hydro excavation. If the water is draining slowly the best approach is to put half a cup of baking soda down the drain and leave it for five minutes. You can then add a cup of vinegar.
The two substances will react in your pipes and disintegrate a blockage. Of course, this is assuming the blockage is in the P trap just under the sink.
Take the Trap Apart
If the clog hasn’t shifted you can unscrew the trap under your sink. You should wear gloves when doing this and make sure you have a bucket underneath to catch the wastewater.
You’ll be able to clear the trap by hand and it will highlight what has caused the blockage, helping you be more cautious about what goes down the drains in the future
Perhaps the best tip you can get is to avid drain cleaners. They are tempting, you simply pour some chemical into the drain, wait a little while, and the clog should be cleared.
However, these chemicals are powerful, while clearing the clog they are likely to do damage to the inside of your pipes. If you use them too many times it can actually cause your pipes to rupture.
The drain auger is a thin piece of metal that snakes its way through the drains to find the source of the blockage. It is flexible enough to go around the bends but strong enough to punch through clogs. This makes it an effective approach. But, if this doesn’t work it’s best to call the professionals and have them clean your drains for you.