My Kitchen Sink is plugged, can I try something myself before calling
Yes! There are basically four courses of action that can be taken by a
homeowner prior to calling Thrifty Plumbing. It depends on your
mechanical aptitude and your willingness to get dirty, your physical
limitations, and just how far you want to get into it to save a buck.
Understand also that a properly cleaned kitchen drain by a professional
with professional grade equipment will normally last 10 years or so before
needing another snaking. Ok so let's get into it.
1.) You can take apart the drain piping under the kitchen sink and if a
block is found remove the block and reassemble the piping. This is your
best case scenario, anything else you do will most likely be temporary
and is tougher and dirtier. the reason it will most likely be a temporary fix
for you is that you won't normally have access to professional grade
equipment nor will you have the experience using it that is required for
long lasting results.
2.) If the pipes under the sink were not plugged and the block is in the wall
or the subfloor piping, one method of clearing the block is to use a rubber
pressure attachment for the garden hose. I never recommend the use of
these devices for a couple of reasons. a.) You will be putting 60-120 psi in
a pipe that was never designed to hold more than about 5 psi. So it is
possible that when you turn on the hose it could blow the pipe apart at a
joint or connection spewing black dirty sewage water into the wall or ? This
will be a major clean up mess that could cost thousands. b.) Secondly if
the pipe doesn't break or blow apart but the block doesn't clear or if the
hose blows apart before the block clears you will have that same 60-120
psi of dirty sewage water coming back at you from wherever you put that
device into the pipe. It's just not worth the risk. My opinion- never try this,
never let anyone tell you they can do this safely, if you do this
successfully you were just lucky! Period!
3.) If the pipe is plugged in the wall or the floor you can rent a sewer
cleaning machine and try it yourself. The cost of renting is generally not to
much less than a professional would charge so that may not be worth
getting dirty for (your call). To do the job properly you will need a 75" long
snake (depending on your house plumbing layout) electrically powered.
Wear safety glasses, gloves, and keep any hair or loose clothing tight to
your body. If your hair gets caught in the snake it can rip it out of your
scalp leaving a bald bleeding spot (ask me how I know this).
4.) The last option I will talk about is a chemical poured down the drain. I
would never recommend using a chemical drain opener to clear a
stoppage. The reasons for this are as follows a.)Most popular drain
cleaners say "wont hurt pipes" yet when we pro's go out and see holes all
around the entire garbage disposal and the client says "It didn't leak until I
put this stuff in". Well we know these claims are not always true. We also
see the drain cleaner in some cases harden up like cement in the pipe.
we also see plastic pipes get soft and disfigure needing replacement.
Also it is legal to use rubber connectors on the pipes both in the wall and
under the sink and if those become damaged the wall or floor may have
to opened up to repair them.
To sum it up if its not plugged in the piping you can take apart under the
sink its best to call in a professional company like thrifty Plumbing. Call
now at the number Below!
Thrifty Plumbing and Heating
P.O. Box 247
Lake Arrowhead, Ca. 92352
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