So your drain’s clogged up and the pipe looks like it’s going to give up soon. Surely, you fear that dirty and mucky water is going to flood the kitchen soon and that’s why you’re in a hurry to call the emergency plumbers. While being quick on your feet is a very, very good trait to have (it will help you avoid the worst of situations, for sure), you also have to consider other factors that goes into plumbing work.
First of all, there’s the down time you have to worry about. For the next couple of hours (or even days), you may be prohibited to use your kitchen sink and any other sink that you’re having problems with. This means that it’s going to get in the way of your cooking, cleaning, washing, etc. Can you really allow such a down time like that? Won’t it get in the way with your daily routine? You should consider this before you get any work done.
Second of all, there’s also cost to worry about. While having professionals work on your drainage problem is a very wise call, it can also cost you a lot. Plumbing work isn’t chicken feed (especially during dry season, check this out to learn why) and you are paying real professionals to do real work so you have to factor that in before you call anyone over. Is your budget going to cut it? Do you have enough? While you are at it, you almost might want to consider how you can conserve water too. This water conservation infographic can help you learn more about it.
Before you start making any drastic moves or decisions, it would be best to consider all factors that go into having a plumber over. When you deliberate factors carefully, you will begin to see what it is you really need. And more often than not, you will see that seemingly big problems are not too big after all!
Before you invite professionals like the Emergency Plumbing Squad into your home, here are a couple of “first-aid” solutions you can try to remedy your drainage problem. For all you know, these methods just might save you from spending more on your emergency.
- Check Out What’s Clogging Your Pipe
Drainage pipes clog over time – especially when you use a particular sink quite frequently. When you use a sink for washing dishes, for example, the dirt, oil, and food particles that accumulate in your pipes’ intersection can grow thick over time. This hinders the water to move down your pipe quietly. What happens is that the “drain” becomes slower than the “fill” which is why you can see the water go up in your sink after you’ve left the faucet running for a while. However, if your drain is clogged even when it has just been recently installed, then the problem may root from something else entirely.
For instance, it could be that something fell down the drain – probably something big and stubborn. It could be a spoon, a fork, or maybe an accessory that accidentally fell. Big objects have a pretty high chance of blocking your pipe. In fact, they can break your whole drainage system if left unattended. If you’re lucky, the blockage may be within reach and you can tweeze it out.
- Try Using A Drain Cleaner or Liquid Sosa
If it really is dirt, oil, and grime build-up that’s blocking your pipes, then another home solution you can try is using a good drain cleaner. It’s a liquid solution you pour down the drain and let sit for at least 24 hours. It’s an acidic solution by nature, so you should be careful when you handle it. The key to making this method successful is that you have to let the solution sit for the indicated number of hours. Don’t rush it. If you run water or any other liquid down the drain before the drain cleaner has finished working its magic, there’s a pretty good chance it won’t work. You can also check out these ways: https://www.thespruce.com/how-to-unclog-a-sink-1824913.
- If Nothing Else Can Be Done, Call Over The Professionals
Yes, this is your go-to solution if you failed to handle things your way. Calling professional plumbers over is your only means of de-clogging your sink if the first two options failed. Don’t try to do everything yourself. If something feels like a little too much to handle, don’t hesitate to call the right help.