A clogged drain can really throw a wrench in your daily activities. Not only can plumbing obstructions be a major nuisance, but a clogged pipe can actually cause severe damage to your home if ignored for long enough. You may have tried a plunger and some elbow grease to dislodge the clog, but stubborn, persistent clogs require professional attention. Thankfully, the team at Craftsman Plumbing is here to offer affordable drain snaking services to residents of the Seattle area.
What Is Drain Snaking?
A drain snake is the plumber’s secret weapon. This device is a long, flexible cable roughly 1/4 inches in diameter. That wire-like cable can slide down your drain, reaching the clog without having to dismantle any pipes or hardware. The snake can also be turned and manipulated to break up more stubborn clogs.
Parts of the clog will flush down the waste pipes, but the snake will also pull up portions of the clog for disposal.
Do I Need Drain Snaking?
When should you consider drain snaking? If the drains in your sink, shower, or basement drains are slow or not moving at all, you should contact a professional immediately. A clogged drain may seem like little more than an inconvenience, but the pressure can build up inside the pipes and cause damage if the water has no place to go. Drain snaking can eliminate your drain clog and prevent you from experiencing further damage.
Signs of a Clogged Drain
Sometimes a clogged drain will be noticeable. But other times, the signs are a bit more subtle. Contact a licensed plumber if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Your sink or bathtub drains slowly
- Your drain isn’t flowing at all
- Your bathtub fills with water while showering
- You experience sudden changes in water pressure
- You hear gurgling noises from your drains or toilet
- You notice air bubbles in your toilet bowl
- Your drains emit an unpleasant odor
If you notice any of these problems, don’t wait. The problem won’t go away on its own, and if you delay, the situation can actually worsen. Drain snaking can eliminate the source of these problems and keep your plumbing system working as it should.
Common Causes of a Clogged Drain
What causes a clogged drain? Just about anything can cause a drain clog, and it’s not unusual for particles and mineral buildup to accumulate over time and cause a drain clog. Some of the common causes of a clogged drain include the following items:
- Food waste
- Mineral buildup
- Too much toilet paper
- Feminine hygiene products
- Diapers and “flushable” wipes
- Oils, fats, and grease
- Tree roots
- Hair clogs
Some of our customers report that they’d grown up hearing that you can dispose of excess cooking grease by pouring it down the drain with plenty of hot water. The bad news is that’s simply not true. Oils, fats, and grease can cling to the sides of your pipes and eventually form a stubborn drain clog. The good news is that drain snaking can eliminate this problem quickly and prevent the problem from recurring.
Can I Solve the Problem on My Own?
Many homeowners turn to chemical drain cleaners when facing a clogged drain, hoping for a quick, affordable fix. These cleaning agents may seem like a good idea, but the chemicals in most of today’s drain cleaners can do more harm than good. Even if the cleaner dissolves the clog, there’s no telling what the cleaner will do to the interior surface of your pipes. You could be causing corrosion and other chemical damage each time you pour cleaner down the sink. Even worse, some drain cleaners fail to dissolve the clog, leaving you with a drain full of caustic chemicals and fumes that can be hazardous to you, your family, or your pets.
Leave drain repair to the professionals. Even if your DIY drain cleaning hack solves the problem for the short term, stubborn clogs tend to come back. Drain snaking can eliminate the obstacle in your pipes and prevent the problem from recurring.
Where are the Best Plumbers Near Me?
Seattle residents have access to the area’s most trustworthy plumbers. At Craftsman Plumbing, our friendly, skilled team can perform various plumbing services, including drain snaking. We offer up-front pricing, so you never have to worry about any surprises when you schedule our services. Members of our Lifetime Diamond Club can also receive 15% discounts on every service.
If you’re experiencing a slow or clogged drain, it’s time to call the professionals. Contact Craftsman Plumbing, and we can get your home’s plumbing flowing again.