The best way to clear a clogged drain line is through clean outs. Cleanouts are sometimes on the outside wall of your house covered with a cap. You may have seen this outside near where your kitchen sink is located. Other times a clean out is a PVC pipe with a cap over it in the front flower bed. Most homes have them, but that isn’t always true. Sometimes there really isn’t one…Sometimes there isn’t one close enough to where the stoppage is in the line…and sometimes there is one, but it hasn’t been used in so long that it is buried under landscaping and mulch. We can clear a line without clean outs, but it isn’t ideal. When there isn’t a clean out, the best option is to install one so that the line can be cleared completely and it provides easy access when another stoppage occurs. The other options for clearing a line are clearing it from a roof vent, cutting into a vent line in the attic, pulling a toilet, or digging up the yard line. Each of these options comes with additional challenges, but our plumbers are all experienced professionals that can help you determine your best solution.
Drain cleaner purchased at the grocery is bad for you and your drains. I know that there are a ton of brands out there and shelves full of these products in stores. We have all seen the commercials about how quickly they dissolve clogs. Please just call us instead. Those chemicals are dangerous and you and your family shouldn’t be breathing them. They aren’t good for the environment either. And finally, they aren’t good for your plumbing and may not even solve your problem. Most drain cleaners only dissolve certain things. Grease, yes. Hair, no. Drain cleaners are also corrosive and will damage older cast iron and copper lines over time.