Every homeowner, at some point, has had to deal with a clogged drain before. Even though they are very unpleasant to deal with, a clogged drain is also inevitable. There are many DIY fixes out there on the internet, but the truth is that the problem could be much more serious than you can handle. If you have a clogged drain that does not become clear with running water or—if it is in your kitchen sink—by running the garbage disposal, you might be seeing the signs you need your drains cleaned.
It’s time to call in the professionals at Reimer to handle all of your drain cleaning service needs here in the greater Buffalo area.
What are the signs you need your drains cleaned?
Here are a few things that immediately signal that you may be in need of a professional drain cleaning:
1. Foul odors
The number one sign of a clogged drain will be an odor that you can’t ignore. When the clog has developed somewhere deep in the pipes, the odor will start to make its way through and out of the sink or bathtub drain. More often than not, the kitchen sink smell is the result of food or grease trapped deep inside the pipe, unable to be washed down by the force of water out of the faucet.
This is a perfect example of when a DIY method of using baking soda and vinegar probably would not work. If the clog is that solid, the DIY mixture will not be enough to penetrate the clog and clear it. In contrast, our experienced and professional plumbers here at Reimer have the specialized tools to clear any clog, in any drain of your home.
2. Slow draining
If you start to notice that your sink or tub is draining more slowly than normal, you may be developing a clog. Even though your sink may eventually drain, clogs located further down the pipes may be difficult to clear with store bought tools. You may not think you have to address this problem immediately, but the drain or pipe will eventually become so clogged that it will not drain at all.
If you notice that multiple drains in your home are not draining properly, you could have an even bigger problem: a sewer blockage. If this is happening to you, turn off the water supply to your home and call us as soon as possible. There’s nothing worse than when sewage begins to seep up your pipes and into your home.
3. Increased use of liquid drain cleaner
If you’re a homeowner, you have more than likely used liquid drain cleaner to deal with a clog in your home. This is something we NEVER recommend using. The chemicals in liquid drain cleaner are highly corrosive and can cause serious damage to the pipes of your home. Even though the cleaner can break down and eat away at the clog, it also has the potential to harm the inner walls of the pipe. Also, these chemicals are very dangerous to keep around your home, especially if you have small children around. Finally, these cleaners are also not always effective at clearing the most common type of clogs caused by—you guessed it—grease.
4. Strange noises
If you begin to hear an unfamiliar sound when water starts to go down the drain, this could be a sign of a clog forming. It will most likely sound like a gurgling noise once the water starts to drain. The clog is causing oxygen to bubble back up to the surface of your drain, and may be the first sign of a clog forming. If you ignore this and do not take proper steps to remove it, it can quickly become a full-fledged blockage in the pipe.
If you suspect a partial or full clog in any drain in your home, call Reimer today!
We’ll start by inspecting the drain and seeing what the extent of the problem is. This may involve using either a snake tool or a small camera to inspect the clog. This will help us to determine what the best remedy is for clearing the blockage. Once we’ve reviewed this plan with you, we’ll provide you with an upfront quote for the cost of the service.
Depending on the type of clog, we’ll use either a specialized snake tool to remove the clog or a water jet tool to flush it out. We also have other equipment, such as plungers and chemicals, that we’ll use if needed. In the case of a more drastic problem, we’ll work our way up to more advanced solution to clear the drain.
Our plumbers are experienced professionals with years of experience and training. We also offer 24/7 emergency services and a 100% satisfaction guarantee on all of our work. So call us any time, day or night, when you need plumbing help!