When faced with a backed up drain, you might be tempted to reach for a liquid drain cleaner — but think twice before you resort to pouring chemicals down your sink! Liquid drain cleaners can damage your pipes, are hazardous to your health, and might not even work depending on the nature of the clog. Instead here are some expert tips on effective, chemical-free ways to unblock your drains. Keep reading to learn more from the experts at Best Plumbing in Seattle!
While you might associate plungers with toilets, the standard cup plunger is also a great tool for unclogging sinks. If the idea of using your toilet plunger on a sink or shower isn’t appealing, you can always purchase a second plunger specifically to use for non-toilet pipes. It’s a good investment.
To plunge a sink, empty out most (but not all) of the standing water to prevent splashing as you work. If you’re plunging a double-bowel kitchen sink, stuff a wet rag into one drain while you plunge the other. For bathtubs or single bowel sinks, seal the overflow hole with a wet cloth. This will help drive air pressure directly to the clog. Cover the drain opening with the plunger, making sure it seals, and rapidly pump the plunger up and down in 15-20 second intervals before quickly pulling it off of the drain opening. Repeat a couple of times. If this fails to break up the clog, move up to using a drain snake.
A basic drain snake (also known as an auger) is always a good addition to your toolbox and relatively inexpensive versions are available at most department stores. To use, push the snake through the pipe until you encounter resistance then start twisting it to break up the block. If you don’t have the time to purchase a drain snake you can also fashion a rough approximation using a wire hanger. This is generally enough if the problem is a ball of hair that’s stuck close to the mouth of the sink. If possible, try to pull debris out of the pipe and dispose of it in the trash. This will help ensure that it doesn’t cause another blockage further down the line.
If you’ve tried the above recommendations with no effect, it’s time to consult with a professional. Best Plumbing is available 24/7 to help you with your plumbing needs. Our expert plumbers will be able to diagnose the cause of the blockage and find the best solution. We proudly serve the Seattle and Bellevue areas.
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Your side sewer is a system of pipes that connect your home’s drain pipes to the city’s main sewer line. Even though you probably never think of it, it can be one of the biggest sources of problems as a homeowner. The team at Best Plumbing is here to help you understand your side sewer and make sure you’re taking the right precautions to care for it.
Who is Responsible for the Side Sewer?
Even though the side sewer is the portion of the drain/sewer pipes that sits outside of your home’s footprint (i.e., under your front lawn), it’s still the responsibility of the property owner to maintain it. If anything happens to your side sewer, it’s no different than if something happened to the pipes under your kitchen sink. Given that you’ll be the one covering any bills your pipes might acquire, it’s important to understand how it works and common problems you could run into.
Common Side Sewer Problems
Schedule a Side Sewer Inspection or Repair
If you need a side sewer inspected, you must work with a licensed professional. Since the pipes connect directly to the city’s main line, mistakes could have costly consequences for other homeowners in your area. It’s essential that you have the proper permits to make repairs. Luckily, the experts here at Best Plumbing can help you with that!
We proudly serve the greater King County area and know exactly how to inspect, detect, and repair your side sewer and other pipes within your home. Contact us now to schedule an inspection or to receive 24/7 emergency service.
Have you seen our video series walking viewers through what a trenchless sewer repair job actually looks like for Seattle homeowners? Check it out or keep reading to learn more!
The first step in any sewer job is to camera scope the line to identify the cause of the problem. In some cases a backup might be the result of a clog that can be cleared out by jetting or cabling. In other cases, it might be that the line itself has cracked, at which point the camera scope allows us to pinpoint the exact location of the break.
When deciding how we’re going to repair the sewer line, we assess the situation, taking landscape, location, and weather into account. Next we need to make sure we get a work permit from the city and that a utility company has come out to locate and clearly mark all gas and water lines in the immediate area. When possible, we use trenchless repair methods, like pipe lining, to help minimize the amount of damage to our customer’s property. Not having to dig an entire new trench also saves time and money.
It depends on the extent of the damage, but a major repair (where sections need to be replaced or relined) will generally take between 2-3 days to complete. This includes digging down to the break, repairing the line, getting the job inspected by the SPU, and filling in the hole again. Fortunately the length of time a customer might experience an interruption in sewer service is generally much shorter — often only for a few hours as we complete the repair on the line.
If you have any questions about sewer line repair in the greater Seattle area, you can always ask our plumbing experts. Family-owned and operated, Best Plumbing has proudly served the greater Seattle area for more than 50 years. Contact us today for any of your plumbing or heating needs!