Dealing With A Clogged Pipe

1 August 2017
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If you are dealing with a badly clogged pipe then you need to take action as soon as possible. Often the longer the pipe is clogged the worse the clog can be if you do not take action immediately. There are many different ways that a pipe can become clogged, but there are ways to get it unclogged. Here are a few different ways that you can handle a clogged pipe.

Liquid Drain Cleaner

One of the very first things that you should try is treating the drain with a liquid drain cleaner. These liquid drain cleaners are very basic, PH above 7, and will usually eat right through a clog. These liquids are generally very effective on mineral build-up blockages. Over time a mineral like limescale can build up in your pipe and block the flow of water. The very best way to clean this is to use the liquid drain cleaner. It is important to note that if you are on a septic system you should be very careful with how you use a liquid drain cleaner as the cleaner can kill the bacteria in your septic system. 

Pipe Snake

If you are having a problem that does not seem to be fixed with using the liquid drain cleaner, then you should start using a pipe snake. The pipe snake is a cable that you can physically push down the drain.The physical nature of the pipe snake makes it very effective on clogs such as hair or anything that has been lodged into the drain. Anything that the liquid drain cleaner does not eat up, the pipe snake should be able to push down the drain. 

Plumber

If you have used the liquid drain cleaner and used a pipe snake and you still are dealing with a clogged drain, it is most definitely time to call your local plumbers. The plumber is first going to find what is causing the problem and will use a pipe snake with a camera to find the source of the problem. Often the clog is a really bad piece of mineral buildup plastic. The plumber will then use a hydro jet to pump and clean out the drains. However, often the plumber will find that the pipe is collapsed or kinked. In this case, the pipe will need to be replaced and the plumber will be able to get to work replacing the pipe.