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Drain Cleaning 101

Written on: October 2, 2023

Frequently Asked Questions

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One of the more common problems we see a clogged drains. From bathroom sinks, showers, and tubs to kitchen sinks to garbage disposals, there’s a constant need for drain cleaning.

If the drains in your New England home are clogged, you may have some of the following questions.

Why do drains get clogged?

When a sink starts draining slowly or stops draining altogether, it can be very frustrating. Drains become clogged due to an accumulation of substances in your drainpipes. In bathrooms, the culprits are commonly hair, dirt, soap, and other hygiene products. In kitchen sinks, it’s usually an accumulation of food and grease. In homes with young children, sometimes toys and other things go down the drain that shouldn’t.

Do I need to clean my drain?

How do you know if you need to clean the drain in your New England home? If you have standing water or slowly draining water, then your drain needs to be cleaned. You also need to have your drain cleaned if there is a strong odor or you notice drain flies. If more than one of the drains in your home is draining slowly then you may have a more serious problem. There could be a main sewer clog. Those are typically caused by tree roots, wet wipes, and other dense items.

Can I clean my clogged drain myself?

There are times when you can clean a drain on your own. However, some clogs are stubborn. If you’re not careful, you could damage your home’s plumbing trying to clear a blockage on your own. So before you start using tools or chemicals in your drain, keep reading to find out if you should try to resolve the blockage yourself or call the professional plumbers at Brideau Energy to resolve the issue for you.

Generally speaking, a lightly clogged drain will respond positively to simple at-home methods. Here are some things you can try if you think the blockage is minor:

  1. Straighten a wire coat hanger and make a half-inch hook at the end. Push it to the bottom of the drain and twist it to remove hair or other obstructions.
  2. Pour in a mixture of vinegar and baking soda to dissolve the obstruction.
  3. Pour boiling water into the drain to loosen the obstruction, but only do this once. Boiling water can damage joints in PVC piping.

Be cautious when trying to clear a blockage yourself. Always err on the side of caution. And avoid using caustic drain cleaners. They can severely corrode your pipes.

Should I call a professional to clean my drain?

If the above DIY methods don’t work, it’s time to call in the professionals. If multiple drains in your home are clogged, that means there’s a clog in your main line. In those instances, you should always call in a professional plumber. With an expert plumber on the job, your clog will be resolved quickly and relatively inexpensively so you can go back to using your sink or tub the way you want to.

We’re Plumbing Experts

As a family-owned, top-quality company, Brideau cares about your family’s comfort and safety. When you call us to your Central Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire home, we’ll complete all our work to the highest safety standards in the plumbing industry. And we’ll guarantee our work will be done correctly and in a timely fashion.

Contact Brideau’s plumbing team today to learn more about the services we offer or to request an estimate.