The plumbing in your home is an intricate maze of pipes that all lead to one main drain and out of your home, into the main sewer line outside. This maze of plumbing in your home is your responsibility and needs to be properly maintained in order to prevent issues. Although, with time, there may be some issues you could encounter. Read on for a few common issues and what you can do about them.
Clogged Garbage Disposal
If you have a garbage disposal, you may have a clog in it at some point in time. If you end up with a clog, you have to clear it out in order to get your disposal working again and to get your drain to drain properly. To clear the clog in your disposal, you need to be sure the power is off to the disposal. You can then reach into the disposal to see if there is anything stuck inside. If you can't feel anything inside, it may be inside the drain, rather than in the disposal. If this is the case, you should snake the drain to get the clog removed, or you can try a drain-clearing liquid to clear out the clog. Remember to use your garbage disposal properly and never put anything into the disposal that doesn't belong. Also, remember not to put grease or oil into the drain.
If when you flush your toilet you hear a gurgling noise, it may not be clogged yet, but it could be clogged elsewhere in your home. If you have a clog out further in your main drain line, you may hear gurgling noises or you could have slow drainage in your other sinks and tubs. A clog further out in the drain line may require a longer snake to snake out the drain. You can do this in your toilet, but if you still cannot reach the clog, you should run the snake from the cleanout in your yard or crawl space. If you don't have a cleanout, you need to have one put in by a professional. The clog in your main drainage line could be caused by a number of things, and it's best to snake the drain from a cleanout than your toilet, as the snake could damage the porcelain on your toilet.
These are just a few common plumbing issues you may encounter as a homeowner. You should know what to expect and what you can do about it. For more information about plumbing and clearing clogs, contact a local plumbing service.