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26 Nov 2022
When Something Gets Flushed That Shouldn’t Have
When Something Gets Flushed That Shouldn’t Have

When Something Gets Flushed That Shouldn’t Have

We use our kitchens and bathrooms every day, so it's surely annoying when a drain gets clogged. If you start to see that the sink drains slowly, a clog is growing and will eventually clog the entire drain. The water will not drain at this point, leaving you with dirty water in your sink or tub that needs to be removed manually. Clearing the drain is a top priority, so we'll show you the various methods to unclog a drain and offer advice and services where professional assistance is needed.

Signs of a Clog

A lot of things can find their way into drains with or without you realizing it. The clogging may even happen because a toy accidentally got flushed down the toilet. Here are some signs that indicate you have a clog in your drains.

  • Frequent Clogging – You may have a clog in your main sewer line if you notice that your home's toilets, kitchen and bathroom sinks, bathtubs, and showers frequently fail to drain without the use of a plunger or chemical drain cleaner. If you have to use a plunger or chemical drain cleaner each time you flush or use the sink, you should not ignore this issue. A healthy precaution that is also good to take is septic tank pumping. If you own a septic system, septic tank pumping should be a routine practice that will help prevent future clogs in your drains.
  • Bad Odor – Wastewater returns to your sinks, toilets, and bathtubs when the main sewer drain and lines become blocked. After the blockage starts, you may not be able to see the water right away, but you will smell something bad. That indicates that dirty water is either not draining at all or is seeping back into the drainpipes.
  • Abnormal Noise – After each flush, does your toilet make a gurgling sound? Do you hear creaking or other strange noises coming from the walls or floors when you run the water in the sink or turn off the shower? If this is the case, one of the sewer pipes might be blocked.

Effective Drain Cleaning

If you’re looking to clear out the clog in your drains as soon as possible, here are some tools that can help out.

  • Cup Plunger – You can adjust the pressure in the drain line by moving this simple rubber cup with a handle up and down over the drain. A toilet plunger has a similar appearance, but it has an additional rubber flange around the edge to accommodate toilet curves.
  • Hydro-Jetting – Even though you can rent this tool, you shouldn't if you don't have any formal plumbing training. Basically, it's a powerful tension hose that powers the clog out of the drain. Because it can harm weak plumbing systems, it needs to be checked out before being used. This method is only used for hard-to-removing, persistent clogs that require professional assistance. Do not attempt this method without calling professionals, such as a septic company in Johns Creek, GA.
  • Drain Line Camera – This is a fiber optic camera that can be taken care of into the drain to show within the line. The plumber can use a small monitor to interpret the images that are sent to it. If multiple drains are not draining correctly due to an underlying root intrusion or drain line collapse, this is helpful.

If you’re in need of professional help from a septic company to clear up your clogs, call Rooter Septic Services. We’ll be happy to assist you with any plumbing issue you may have.