Regardless of the time or day, there isn’t a plumbing issue quite as inconvenient as a drain that stops doing its job. These instances lead to water and waste being sent back up, causing a messy situation. Below you will find different types of drains these problems may arise in, and what you can do to minimize the overall damage that can be caused.
Kitchen Sink: This is the most common occurrence, because people are constantly putting food waste down their kitchen sinks, whether they have a garbage disposal or not. No matter the system, clogs can build up over time. If you begin to notice a slow drain, this is usually the first indicator you’re nearing a clog. If a plunger or drain snake can’t break up the mess, your best bet is to call a professional to ensure the clog is safely and effectively removed.
Bathroom Sink and Shower Drain: If you live with someone with long hair, you’ve probably experienced a clogged sink or bathtub drain due to the amount of hair that is shed in those areas. You’ll normally notice a slowing down of the drain weeks before it becomes a real issue, which gives you time to act. Similar to the kitchen sink, you can use a plunger or snake to try and remove the clog. It’s also possible the clog could be caused by the drain having a buildup of soap scum. In this instance, clean the cover and see if water starts flowing more freely. If these three tricks don’t work, it’s time to call a professional for help.
Basement Drain: After bad weather and a ton of rain or a thunderstorm occur, you can be faced with the challenge of water and sewage coming back up through your basement drain. Anywhere within your home that has a floor drain can fall victim to this unfortunate situation. For this instance, it’s recommended to go straight to the professional to prevent further damage or costly fixes.