Clogged Toilets

Cause
Toilets may clog due to foreign objects being flushed down the toilet. Symptoms of a clogged toilet are the obvious, such as the toilet overflowing or not flushing. The toilet may also gurgle, which indicates a clog.
 
Cure
Do-it-Yourselfers may be able to clear clogged toilet by plunging the toilet. To do this, take a plunger and place it over the mouth of the toilet (ensure that the entire mouth is covered). Push the plunger handle down hard multiple times. After a few seconds, remove the plunger and see if the water in the toilet drains. If the water drains, the clog may have cleared.
 
If plunging does not work, you may want to call a professional, such as A-Authentic Snake Dance Kid Sewer Cleaning Service.
 
Prevention
To prevent a clogged toilet, ensure that no foreign objects are flushed down the drain.
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Clogged Bathtub Drains

Cause

The most common cause of a clogged bathtub drain is hair caught in the drain.

Cure

Do-it-Yourselfers maybe able to clear a clogged bathtub drain on their own by plunging the bathtub,using the following steps:

Most bath tubs have overflow drains built into the trip lever (mechanism that raises and lowers the stopper).  Duct tape maybe used to completely cover the trip lever so that no air will flow through.

    1. Remove the stopper from the bathtub drain.
    2. Ensure that there is approximately one to two inches of water in the drain.  If not, run the hot water and fill the tub to this level.
    3. Take a plunger and place it over the bathtub drain (ensure that the entire drain is covered).  Plush the plunger handle down hard multiple times.  After a minute or two, check the drain to see if the water is going down (remove any items, such as hair, that may have surfaced from the drain).  If the water appears to be draining, block the drain and fill the bathtub with water. If the water goes down quickly, the blockage is clear.  If the water is going down slowly, the blockage still exists.  If the blockage still exists, repeat this step until clear.
    4. Once the drain is clear, remove the tape and replace the stopper.


If plunging does not work, you may want to call a professional, such as A-Authentic Snake Dance Kid Sewer Cleaning Service.  We use an electric snake (50 feet) to clear the drain and remove any clogs.  Many of our clientele have commented that after we snaked their bathtub drain, the water has never drained so fast.

Prevention

To help avoid clogs to bathtub drains, replace your current bathtub stopper with a bathtub stopper that contains a strainer.

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Clogged Sewer Lines

Causes and symptoms of clogged sewer lines

Sewer lines can clog for many reasons, some of which include foreign objects, grease, roots and breakage in the line.  Symptoms of a clogged sewer can include any or all of the following:

  • Water backing up from the drains or the toilet
  • A gurgling sound from the drains
  • Water or sewage in the basement, originating from the sewer cap
  • Water or sewage in the slop sink or bathtub

 

Cure

To remedy this problem, A-Authentic Snake Dance Kid places an electric snake (1 ¼” thick) in the line, along with a blade.  The proper blade is required to clear the line.  

If there is breakage in the line, we may be able to identify it if mud is pulled out from the line.  If there is a breakage, the line will most likely have to be replaced.  

Prevention

To prevent clogged sewer lines, do not throw any foreign objects into the toilet as these items are flushed out of your home via the sewer line.  Also, when cooking with grease, it is recommended that the left over grease be put into a receptacle and thrown into the trash.

Once roots find their way into sewer lines, they will grow back eventually over time.  This does not necessarily mean that the line needs to be replaced; however, the line should be maintained (this means snaking the sewer line periodically). How often the line will need to be maintained will depend on how often the roots grow back into the line (could be anywhere from every six months to anywhere from every six years).

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Clogged Sink Lines

Causes of clogged sink lines may include the following:

  • Food emptied into the drain (even small pieces can cause a clog over time);
  • Grease poured into the drain;
  • Hair
  • Small objects, such as toys

 

Do-it-Yourselfers may be able to clear a sink blockage on their own:

    1. If there is no water in the sink, run hot water directly into the drain on full force (run no more than three inches of water into the drain). Sometimes, this will help force out minor obstructions.
    2. Put boiling down the drain. This may help break up the obstruction.

 

If steps one and two did not work, a plunger may fix the problem. Block any openings in the sink, such as overflow holes or second drains (for two basin sinks). Fill the sink with about two inches of water (if no water is in the sink). Take a plunger and place it over the drain in the sink (ensure that the entire drain is covered). Plush the plunger handle down hard multiple times. After a minute or two, check the sink to see if the water is going down. If the water appears to be draining, block the drain and fill the sink with water. If the water goes down quickly, the blockage is clear. If the water is going down slowly, the blockage still exists. If the blockage still exists, repeat this step.

If plunging does not work, you may want to call a professional, such as A-Authentic Snake Dance Kid Sewer Cleaning Service. We use an electric snake (50 feet) to clear the drain and remove any clogs. Many of our clientele have commented that, after we snaked their sink drain, they have never seen the water drain so fast.

The following may be useful in preventing clogged sinks in the future:

  1. Use a sink strainer in the kitchen sink. These are effective at catching food and small objects before they go down the drain.
  2. Do not pour grease in the kitchen sink; instead, empty it into a container and throw the container in the trash.
  3. If you have a garbage disposal, still follow the two steps above. It is important to remember that a garbage disposal is not a garbage can – items normally thrown in a garbage can should still be placed in the trash, even if you have a garbage disposal. A garbage disposal is not meant for actual garbage. Putting actual garbage in the garbage disposal will most likely clog your sink line. Garbage disposals are meant for the small scraps that may have inadvertently been left on a plate after scraping the leftovers from the plate into the garbage can.
  4. For a bathroom sink, remove the pop-up stopper (this stopper traps hair and other particles) and clean it every three months.
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