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Symptoms of clogged drains

Here are some things to look for if you find that your drains may be clogged.  Calling a plumber to come out and inspect clogged lines is always a good idea.  Clogs will get worse over time, not better.  If items are put down drains that do not belong, you will soon have a sink or kitchen drain that is not moving very well.  I always start by pouring some very hot water down the drain to see if things will start moving.  If boiling water does not drain, you have problems.

Kitchen and sink drains can be some of the easiest drains to clear.  The problem with sink and kitchen drains is that they are usually a 2 inch drain pipe going into a 3 inch pipe down the line.  This does not leave much room for build-up or un-natural objects.  If you notice a slow-down in drain speed or gurgling, you have the start of a problem.

Toilets are harder to tell where the drain problem might be found.  It can be in the inner p-trap within the toilet, the point of contact with the flange, or further down the line.  By code toilets need to empty into a 3 inch pipe.  This leaves plenty of room to flush things down, but can also create headaches when it backs up.  A backed up toilet can be a very messy problem.

To fix these drain problems, there are some home remedies that you can try.  A mixture of baking soda, salt, and vinegar can help with sink and kitchen drains.  For toilets you can try a plunger or a toilet auger if you can get your hands on one.  Plungers can also work for sink and kitchen drains.

If you are noticing that everything is draining slowly, or not at all, it may be time to have the main line checked by a licensed and insured Glover plumber.  Have someone come out that can inspect your line with a small line camera.  They will also have the equipment to clear drains and main lines.

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