Clogged drains can be very inconvenient and they can also cost you a lot of money. If you want to avoid spending too much money, you must do your part in keeping your drains in tip-top shape.
Clogged drains can be a minor annoyance but they can also become major plumbing problems if not attended to immediately. It can be quite difficult to predict the cost of your drain problems. Ultimately, the cost of repairs will depend on two things:
Number of clogs
If there is only a single clogged drain it is most likely caused by things such as hair and residue having fallen down the drain. If there are multiple clogged drains, it could be a problem with the main line and the fixture. One sign of multiple drain clogs is when water appears on your bathroom floor even when you are doing laundry. The cost of the repair will increase if there are multiple lines, which need to be repaired.
Severity of the clog
Some clogs are easy to solve while others require a substantial amount of effort and time. Simple clogs can easily be fixed with drain opening liquids available in local stores. For more severe clogs, you may need to call the professionals. Plumbers charge by the hour so the more time consuming the job is, the more money you have to spend. However, there are plumbers who charge by the job.
One of the most common causes of blocked or clogged rains is pipe corrosion. Clogs often start in corroded pipes. There are many reasons for corroded pipes and some of them are bacteria; low or high PH in the water; improper installation; suspended solids and sulfates. If your pipes need to be replaced, you should be prepared to spend more.
There are times when toilets needs to be removed or some pipes below the sink have to be taken apart. The cost of a repair like this will cost you more. This is also a sign of a more complicated clog.
In order to save money, you should maintain your drain. Flush the drain regularly with baking soda and vinegar. This will get rid of the dirt, which might be trapped in the inner surfaces of the pipes, as well as give your sink a good smell. By doing this regularly, you avoid serious and costly clogs. If you notice that it is taking a while for the water to flow, use a plunger. Run about 3 inches of water into the sink and put the plunger’s rubber cup centre over the drain and press down directly for suction. Slowly lift and press again five to six times more. Tougher clogs may require the use of a snake, a long metal wire, which has to be driven into the drain and into the pipes.
Do not hesitate to call the professionals if you think that you are not up to the task of unclogging your drain.