Before we dive into this piece, let’s get something clear – hopefully, it’s your drains.
We don’t want you to have to call us. There are a lot of drain-related problems that you can and should fix yourself, if you’re comfortable doing so. These DIY techniques aren’t dangerous, and they can save you a lot of money.
So, before calling us, try some of the below techniques to clear clogged drains. That article is pretty good – it covers everything from using a plunger to snaking your tub. Of course, if you feel uncomfortable doing any of the things explained in that article, don’t hesitate to call us. We’re here to help.
With that out of the way, let’s take a look at the circumstances where calling a plumber is the best idea:
You can’t fix it yourself
If you’ve tried, but failed, to unclog your pipe, it’s the right time to call a plumber. There are some problems that you need very specific diagnostic tools to discover, and other specific tools and techniques to clear away. We’re talking about things like your sewer line getting clogged – something we’ll talk about a lot in this piece. Other times, there’s just a clog very deep in your drain that you can’t access. We can take care of it.
There are repeat clogs
Like a stereotypical Dutch dancer, sometimes your drains will clog repeatedly (pardon that terrible pun). That’s a sign that there are systemic problems afoot. It can be tempting to repeatedly unclog your drain, but that’s just putting a bandage over what’s probably a serious problem.
Of course, that isn’t always the case – For example, if you’re flushing “flushable” wipes down your toilet all the time, that might be the cause of the clogs. If you find that your drains are clogging often, think about what might be causing your drains to stop up. Identifying the problem and removing the it is the key to keeping your drains clog free. If you’re not sure what the cause might be, give us a call. We can help you identify the issue and get your drains working properly.
All of your drains are clogged
This is another clear sign of systemic issues. One drain being clogged makes sense – there’s probably just build up in that particular pipe. When all of your drains are clogged at the same time, though, it’s very likely there’s a blockage in your main sewer line.
This line of thinking applies to a bunch of slow drains in your home, as well. In either case, the culprit may also be a clogged vent stack – sometimes it’s obstructed by something you can handle on your own, like debris on the roof. Just be very careful if you go up there!
A related issue is gurgling noises in all of your drains, especially your toilet. That, once again, is likely the vent stack (though the gurgles can be caused by other problems).
Your home is starting to smell of sewage
One smelly sink is not such a big deal – there could just be old food clogged in there, and it might be something you can handle on your own. A whole house that’s starting to smell vaguely of sewage, though? That’s a sign that sewer backup is imminent. Again, there can be a number of causes for this issue – call a plumber to do the diagnostics.
Your drains back up
This is the horror of all plumbing horrors – besides, perhaps, burst pipes. Sewage starts seeping up through your drains, or worse yet, into your basement, causing serious damage. Hopefully, you had the opportunity to give us a call before this happens, but obviously, if all of your drains start backing up and sending fluids the wrong way, you need to call a plumber immediately.
Now that you know when you might need drain cleaning services, you might be wondering who to call. Well, it just so happens we offer drain cleaning services in Denver. We’re available 24/7, so you can call any time of day or night.