A clogged drain line is a frustrating and inconvenient plumbing problem. If you currently have a clog, you probably have a lot of questions. Is it a quick and easy fix? Or is there a major issue with the sewer system? If you have noticed that your drain line(s) are slowing down, you may have a clogged sewer line.
Now is the time to call Legacy Plumbing for drain cleaning and repair services. We don’t just clear the stoppage, we also answer all of your questions, too. Call us right now for pricing and scheduling. Or, keep reading to learn more about stoppages on your home’s sewer system. Also, check out some drain cleaning photos below.
All of the sewer pipes are connected together under your home and flow out as a single pipe to the city sewer or private septic tank in typical residential construction. Knowing this can give you some clues about how big the clog is and how far away it is from the backed up fixture. Here is an example:
Suppose you have a slow draining bathroom lavatory sink. It does drain out all the way, but when you turn on the water faucet it backs up again within a few seconds. If the clog was on the larger pipe under the slab which served the whole bathroom, then water would back up into all of the fixtures in that bathroom and not just the lavatory. In fact, you would see it come up in the lower fixtures first like the shower or bathtub and not the sink where you were running the water.
Because you only ran the faucet for a few seconds and put a few cups of water down the drain when it started to back up, it is very likely the clog is not that far away. In this case, it is probably in the popup assembly, p-trap, or trap arm of that particular fixture. This can be dealt with by taking apart the drain pipes and cleaning them out manually or using a small sewer auger (snake) to clear the blockage.
This example shows how understanding the way in which the entire sewer system is connected under your home can tell you a great deal about the particular blockage. With the right equipment and know-how, most clogs are not too difficult to clear as long as the pipe isn’t damaged. If your clog does provide a bit more challenge or mystery, we carry all of the diagnostic inspection and locating equipment to answer the questions and solve the problem.
On each Legacy Plumbing truck, we carry three different sizes of drain snakes (sewer machine cables). In addition, we carry several different fixture-specific drain cleaning tools. No matter how tough the clog is or where it’s located on the system, we’ve got you covered.
If the clog is located in the fixture itself or in that fixture’s p-trap, then we will usually clear the clog by running a small drain snake down through that fixture’s drain or clear the stoppage by taking apart the slip-joint drain pipes underneath the sink. As we are working inside the house, we lay out a drop cloth to keep everything clean, and we have plenty of clean rags and Lysol to make sure your kitchen or bathroom is spotless after our work.
If the clog is located further down in the system, then we will usually clear that with our large sewer machine outfitted with the properly sized sewer cable and sewer cleaning head. First, we need to determine the proper access point or cleanout. This may be outside in the flower bed, on the exterior wall of the home, under the sink, or at the fixture itself. This may be on the roof at one of the sewer vent pipes. Most of the time, the best access point is pretty straightforward, but we have diagnostic equipment if needed to verify.
Whether we are working inside the home or outside the home, our number one priority is to keep everything clean and minimize disruption to you and your home. Most of the time, clogs are quick and easy to clear with our equipment and experience.
If the clog turns out to be a symptom of a more serious problem with the sewer system such as a collapsed sewer line, we have everything we need to properly diagnose the issue and discuss options for repair. Read more about that on our Sewer Line Repair and Replacement service page.
Feel free to reach out with any questions you have!