There are a million things that can go wrong with our plumbing. Many of those things are a quick trip to the hardware store and some elbow grease. But sometimes, it’s not a quick fix and we’ll find ourselves asking, “Should I call someone?”
Here’s a rundown on what you can do yourself, and what you should contact a professional for.
Clogged drains are host to a number of plumbing misconceptions. Countless households think a clogged drain is as simple as dumping some drain cleaner down the sink. Unfortunately, not all clogged drains are caused by built-up hair and grime. A good number of clogs are caused by a buildup of scum or a break in the pipe. Not to mention, drain cleaners are horrible for your pipes.
If you suspect your sink drain has a clump of junk in it and you’re experienced with sinks, DIY has its place. Try removing the curved pipe under your sink to check for junk. Use something to push any buildup in it through the other end and into the trash. Usually, these pipes are attached using a couple of screwed-on rings so they’re easy to remove and replace.
If your sink is assembled in a more complicated manner and you’re not confident you can remove and replace that part without damaging something, call a professional. If you remove the pipe and find it empty, this is out of your hands. Have New Canadian Drain come out to your home so we can find the root of the problem. If it’s further than the curve in the pipe under your sink, it might not be an easy fix.
Backed Up Drains
Here’s a big one. This is something that always requires a professional. If there’s water or sewage backing up into your tub, toilet, or sink, you’ve got a big problem on your hands. Sometimes, this happens slowly and it seems like it might be a clogged drain. It might strike you as something you can use a plunger for. This is not the case.
If water or sewage is backing up in your drains, it’s not a matter of a clog. This is very much a problem with the main sewer clogging. Don’t wait to call a professional or you could end up with irreversible damage. It wouldn’t just be small damage either. This kind of thing can cost thousands of dollars in home repair because of regular water damage as well as bio-hazard.
New Canadian Drain is glad to send out one of our experienced professionals to check out the problem. If it’s something within your house, we’ll take care of it for you. If it’s something the city needs to deal with, it’ll be out of your hands.