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A slowly draining sink is not normally treated as an emergency that needs to be sorted out straight away. It is one of those tasks that we tend to put off until tomorrow. That would be a mistake as the clog that is likely to be causing the blockage is only going to grow and further restrict the flow of water through the drainpipe.
Most people will pour strong chemicals down the sink to remove the clog, but this is not a good idea either. What if the clog is located far from your sink, then any chemicals will not be able to reach it and will have no effect? If your pipework is old, then the chemicals may corrode the pipes and joints and so cause a leak.
The only safe way to remove any clogs or blockage is to have a professional drain cleaning service. If you live in Schertz, TX you are fortunate to have bluefrog Plumbing + Drain of San Antonio on hand to help. We offer Schertz’s most professional drain cleaning service. Don’t take our word for it, just check our many five-star reviews online.
Signs You Need an Expert Drain Cleaning Service in TX
Your Sink or Shower Tray Is Taking Forever to Drain
Have you taken a shower and found the water is lapping over your feet and reaching your ankles? Worried that the water is going to overflow the tray? Is the same thing happening to your sink? You have clogs growing in your drainpipes, the longer you leave them the bigger they will grow and the slower it will take the water to drain away.
You now need a professional drain cleaning service from bluefrog Plumbing + Drain of San Antonio before the drainpipes are completely blocked.
The Clogs Keep Returning
Pouring chemicals down the sink may remove smaller clogs, but it may not remove larger well-established ones. As we have mentioned earlier strong chemicals will damage your pipes if used too often. If the clogs keep returning the safest method of removal is a professional drain cleaning service.
Once the clogs are removed there are some steps you can take to avoid them reoccurring.
bluefrog tip – Stop pouring warm grease and food down the sink. These and other materials will stick to the insides of the drainpipe and start the formation of the clog. Put them in the compost bin.
bluefrog tip 2 – Buy hair traps for the drain in your bathroom, they will capture hair, pieces of soap, and toothpaste before they enter the drainpipe. These too can stick to the insides of the drainpipe and cause a clog to form.
Do You Live in a Hard Water Area?
Have you noticed that the electric element of your kettle is always covered in limescale? You could be living in an area with hard water. Minerals in the water can form insoluble layers of limescale inside your pipes.
The addition of scale to the clogs makes them difficult to remove. You can also find scale gumming up the works of your water heater and other water appliances too. You may want to consider having a water softener installed to reduce any scale build-up.
Call bluefrog Plumbing + Drain of San Antonio and we can send a skilled technician around to investigate this for you.
When the Water Drains You Hear Gurgling Noises
Another sign of a clog in your drainpipe is the sound of gurgling as the water drains. Air bubbles are created when the water flows over a clog, and this produces the gurgling sound you hear.
The only way to remove the sound is to remove the clogs during a professional drain cleaning service.
Discolored Water Is Starting to Back Up in Your Sink, Bathtub, or Toilet
Once the clog completely blocks the drainpipe, the water in your sink has nowhere to go and you will see standing water. Standing water is bad enough but if you see discolored water backing up into the sink you now have a serious health issue on your hands.
The discolored water is a sign that your sewer line is blocked or damaged. The wastewater from your home is unable to reach the main sewer network and backs up into your home.
You need an emergency drain cleaning service straight away. The sewage is a breeding ground for harmful bacteria, and you do not want this in your home.
You Can Smell Sewer Gas
Along with the discolored water, you may also smell sewer gas. Sewer gas contains ammonia and carbon monoxide, and other unpleasant gases and is not something you want to be breathing in.
You need a professional drain cleaning service to quickly find and remove any problems with your sewer line. bluefrog Plumbing + Drain of San Antonio has the right equipment and specialist knowledge to first locate and then either remove the blockage or repair any damage to your sewer line.
Your Toilet Is Blocked
Once your toilet is blocked it is very tempting to keep flushing to see if you can remove it. It is also tempting to pour chemicals down to see if that will do the trick. We think that most times that is going to be a bad idea. Repeated flushing is likely to cause an overflow if you are not careful. As for the chemicals, what if the blockage is located elsewhere like in the sewer line.
The chemicals are never going to reach that far. In fact, if you cause an overflow the chemicals are going to end up on your nice clean floor, along with other nasties.
bluefrog tip – Only put water, toilet tissue, some gentle cleaner down your toilet, anything else is not designed to dissolve in water and could cause a blockage if not flushed away properly.
The Best Plumbing Services in Schertz, TX
bluefrog Plumbing + Drain of San Antonio are the drain cleaning service experts in Schertz, TX. Many drain cleaning jobs could potentially involve handling hazardous materials and are best left to the experts from bluefrog. Give us a call anytime you need us!