If you're experiencing slow drains, gurgling noises, or foul odors coming from your plumbing fixtures, you may have a clogged main sewer line. This is a serious issue that requires immediate attention from a professional plumber like Precision Plumbing, Heating & Air. But before you call us, there are a few things you can try to clear the clog yourself. Here are some tips and tricks that may help:
1. Use a plunger
A plunger is a simple and effective tool for clearing clogs in your toilet, sink, or shower drain. To use a plunger, fill the fixture with enough water to cover the rubber cup, place the plunger over the drain, and pump it up and down vigorously. This creates suction that can dislodge the clog and allow it to flow down the drain.
2. Try a drain snake
If a plunger doesn't work, you can try using a drain snake or auger. This is a long, flexible cable that can reach deep into your pipes and break up the clog. Insert the snake into the drain and turn the handle clockwise until you feel resistance. Then, turn the handle counterclockwise to loosen the clog and pull it out.
Use a Hydro Jet
For more stubborn clogs, a hydro jet may be necessary. This is a high-pressure water jet that can blast away blockages and clean your pipes at the same time. A professional plumber like Precision Plumbing, Heating & Air can use a hydro jet to safely and effectively clear your main sewer line without causing damage to your pipes.
4. Avoid DIY drain cleaners
While it may be tempting to use a store-bought drain cleaner to clear your clog, these products can actually do more harm than good. They contain harsh chemicals that can corrode your pipes and cause leaks or even burst pipes. Instead, stick to natural remedies like baking soda and vinegar or call a professional plumber for help.
5. Schedule regular maintenance
The best way to prevent main sewer line clogs is to schedule regular maintenance with a professional plumber like Precision Plumbing, Heating & Air. We can inspect your pipes, clean them, and identify any potential issues before they become major problems.
Call Our Plumbing Experts
Clearing a main sewer line clog is not a job for the faint of heart. If you've tried these tips and tricks and still can't clear the clog, it's time to call in the professionals. At Precision Plumbing, Heating & Air, we have the experience, tools, and expertise to get the job done right the first time. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and get your plumbing back on track.