What’s scarier than a spooky ghost this Halloween? Plumbing problems! Fortunately, there are many things you can do to prevent and treat clogs.
Clogs happen for a variety of reasons. In the plumbing inside the house, clogs occur because of buildups of hair, soap scum, grease, fats, and oils. Outside the house, clogs can occur when tree roots invade the main line, when the sewers collapse, or when a buildup of scum and oil collects in the pipes. Most of these problems are preventable.
There are many things you can do to prevent clogs in your home’s drains.
Unless the main line or sewer is clogged, clearing your drains is relatively easy. For most drain clearing projects, you’ll use a plumber’s auger. An auger is a stiff cable with a corkscrew tip. Push the cable down the drain and then turn the hand crank when the cable encounters a clog or a turn in the pipes. Continue to push the cable and turn the crank down the pipe until the clog is pierced. retract the cable and flush out the pipes with hot water.
A main line, or sewer clog is a problem that should be addressed by a professional. You’ll be able to tell a main line or sewer problem by the number of drains that are clogged. When multiple plumbing fixtures are suddenly experiencing problems, this is an indication that a main line or sewer is clogged. When only one drain is experiencing a problem, this is an indication of a localized clog.
At Terry’s Plumbing, we help Pittsburgh homeowners clear clogs and keep their sewer flowing smoothly. We answer our phone 24 hours a day, so you can call anytime with an emergency – even on Halloween night! contact us today at 412-364-9114.