Clogged pipes can have a variety of causes, from a slow buildup of grime to an accidental item being flushed or sent down the drain. If your sink stops working, you can try a liquid unclogging product or other easy-to-buy solution, but these often don’t work as planned or, if they do, the clog will return a few days or weeks after.
Losch’s Drain Cleaning Process
There are a variety of popular home techniques for unclogging drains and pipes. Most of the general principles are the same, though some work better than others. Usually brute force is the best method, which can be achieved by various tools such as a snake or hydro jet. Other methods involve solvents, high temperatures, or pressure.
However, although some of these techniques may work temporarily, they often can cause damage or only partially unclog the blockage, leaving risk for future buildup in a short amount of time. This is why despite the known methods of pipe draining, calling an expert is more often the right choice.
Losch has state-of-the-art tools to fully unclog any pipe regardless of material, shape, severity, and other factors.
Simple Tips to Avoid Clogging Your Pipe
- Avoid dumping large amounts of grease, oil or fat into your sink. They may look harmless due to the fluidity of the substance, but it will adhere to the pipe surface and slowly accumulate more and more gunk.
- Keep strainers installed on all your drains and clean them at any sign of buildup.
- Be cautious of what goes down your drain. It’s easy to forget small chunks of food on your place and simply wash it down the drain.
- If you have a disposal, rinse with cold water for at least 10 seconds to clear any remaining debris.
If You Notice a Clog Developing…
- Use a plunger. This is often the safest and most effective way to clear a simple clog.
- Use liquid drain cleaners sparingly. Certain toxic chemicals can be damaging to your pipes, causing bigger problems in the future.
- Sometimes a clog can be removed by getting under the sink yourself and removing the P-trap. While this may require some skill, knowledge, and the right tools, a little effort could go a long way.
- Call an expert. Some clogs are not worth messing with.