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Should I Call a Plumber for My Clogged Drain?

By Daniel Burke, 9:00 am on January 19, 2021

If you suffer from a clogged drain in your home, you’ll need to address this problem as quickly as possible. A clogged drain can quickly cause severe damage to your home and require emergency plumbing services. San Diego homeowners should understand hiring a reliable plumber is of the utmost importance if they cannot remove the clogs themselves.

Dangers of a Clogged Drain

When you have a clog in your drain, you run the risk of dealing with a very expensive repair if the clog isn’t removed quickly enough. Clogged drains can build up over time, or they can happen suddenly. When your drain clogs, it can lead to burst pipes and wastewater backing up into your home, posing a serious health risk. Your home will have to be professionally cleaned, and you may even have to replace your floors and portions of your walls if the wastewater backup is bad enough. This is why it’s so important to look for signs you have a clogged drain.

Signs You Have a Clogged Drain

Fortunately, in most cases, your drain lines will warn you when there’s a problem.

• Gurgling sound – When you use your drains or flush your toilets, you may hear a gurgling sound. This is an indicator the drains are clogged somewhere.
• Slow drain times – If you have a slow drain time, chances are there’s a clog.
• Foul smell – If you have a foul smell coming from your lines, it’s an indicator you have an issue going on with your drains. You should never smell wastewater in your home.
• Water backing up – When you flush your toilet, make sure you don’t have any water backing up into your sinks and bathtubs. Clogs can sometimes force water into these areas.

When to Call a Plumber

Once you notice a clog, you can try to remove it yourself with a plunger. You may be tempted to use a chemical drain cleaner, but keep in mind these can actually cause damage to your pipes. If you cannot remove the clog yourself, call a plumber who is experienced in removing clogs.

How the Plumber Can Help

The plumber will be able to get the clog out in several different ways. He or she may use a specialized tool that moves and breaks up clogs or a hydro jet, which uses high-powered water for the same purpose. The plumber will also determine how the clog formed. For example, if you have an issue with roots growing into your septic line, this may be the cause of your issues. If you’ve been pouring grease or other debris down the drain, this may have contributed to the clog. The plumber will work closely with you to ensure it doesn’t happen again. 

If you don’t know what you’re doing, trying to fix a clogged drain yourself could actually harm your plumbing system. San Diego residents can rely on the expertise of Burke Contractors’ plumbing professionals. We only contract with licensed and experienced plumbers to ensure our Southern California clients receive high-quality service delivered with outstanding professionalism. If you need exceptional plumbing services, we’ll connect you with the finest professionals available. Give us a call today at 858-208-7765.