What to do When You Have a Clogged Drain
Posted on: September 17, 2015
Whether it’s your kitchen sink, the toilet, or the bathtub, if you have a clogged drain, you’re going to need drainage services. Finding someone to get this job down for you quickly and effectively in Tampa is easy, thanks to the comprehensive expertise of Midway Services. Clean pipes are important to a functioning home, and you’ll want to fix them before this minor plumbing repair turns into a complete replacement. Clogged drains happen all the time, so there’s no need to panic. We can come and fix the situation, but if you want to try a DIY approach first, here’s some helpful advice.
Stop the Flooding
Often a clogged pipe will lead to flooding. Any water source needs to be stopped so that overflowing does not occur. The last thing you want when you already have a clogged drain is water damage. With toilets, jiggling the handle and making sure the float ball is in the proper position is usually enough to stop the flow. You’ll need to shut off the water with a bathtub or sink.
Find the Clog
Locating and identifying the source of the clog is the next step to take when your drain is clogged. If you can’t see the blockage, a plunger is going to be the best tool to use. If you can see the clog and it’s safely removable, gently do so. If it’s not removable, the best thing to do is call a Tampa plumber. Plumbing repair may be necessary for your system, and it’s important that the work is done by a professional to prevent further damage.
Take the Plunge
For toilets and sinks, a plunger should be able to agitate the water enough to move the blockage, clearing up the duct. With a bathtub, use a drain snake to remove hairs that may be blocking the pipe. If you attempt these methods and find that nothing is working, you may want to try some kitchen ingredients like baking soda, vinegar, and boiling water. Pour it down the drain and let it sit for the specified amount of time; this can save you from possible plumbing repair needs and get your Tampa home back in order in no time.
Now What? Call Midway.
By now, you’ve hopefully been able to remove the clog and your drain is free-flowing. Sometimes DIY isn’t enough, and a professional is needed to fix your pipes. It’s easy to find plumbing repair services in Tampa, as Midway operates all throughout the area, 24/7. Whether you need drain cleaning, sewage line fixing, re-piping, leak detection, or other home services, we are trained and ready to help!