We employ professional techniques and state-of-the-art equipment to clear your drains quickly and efficiently.
We identify the location and nature of the clog or blockage to determine the most appropriate method for clearing the drain.
Our technicians are trained to use the right method and tools for each situation, ensuring the most effective and safe removal of the clog.
We ensure a thorough cleaning of the entire drainpipe to eliminate any residual debris and buildup. This helps to prevent future clogs and keeps your drains flowing smoothly.
As part of our service, we provide recommendations for preventative maintenance to minimize the risk of future clogs.
Experiencing clogged drains or slow drainage? Call 205-567-3816.
Common Signs That Indicate Your Drains May Be Clogged
While there are various do-it-yourself methods to clear minor clogs, consult the professional plumbers at Extra Care Plumbing if the issue persists or if you're dealing with severe clogs or multiple affected drains.
If you notice any of the following signs, it’s important to address the issue promptly to prevent further damage and ensure proper drainage:
If water is slow to drain from sinks, showers, or bathtubs, it's a strong indication of a clogged drain. This is especially noticeable when multiple drains in your home are all experiencing slow drainage.
Standing water in sinks, showers, or bathtubs that takes a long time to drain or doesn't drain at all is a clear sign of a clog. It's important to address standing water promptly to prevent overflow and water damage.
If you hear gurgling sounds coming from your drains, especially after using a nearby plumbing fixture, it may indicate a partial clog in the drainpipe. The gurgling sound occurs as air bubbles try to pass through the blockage.
Foul or unpleasant smells coming from drains are often a sign of organic matter or other debris trapped in the pipes. As the clog worsens, the odor may become more noticeable. These odors can be particularly strong in kitchen sinks or garbage disposals.
Backups in multiple fixtures
If using one plumbing fixture causes water to back up or overflow in another fixture, it suggests a clog further down the drainpipe. For example, flushing a toilet may cause water to back up into the shower or bathtub.
Bubbling or overflowing toilet
When flushing the toilet, if you notice bubbling or water coming up into the bowl or overflowing, it indicates a clog in the drainpipe. This requires immediate attention to prevent sewage backup and potential damage.
If you find yourself frequently dealing with clogs in the same drain despite attempts to clear them, it could be a sign of a more significant underlying issue in the plumbing system, such as tree root intrusion or a damaged pipe.
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DIY Fixes for Minor Clogs
If you're dealing with a minor clog, there are several DIY methods you can try to resolve the issue.
Hot water flush
Pour boiling water down the drain to help break up any grease or residue that may be causing the clog. Be cautious when using boiling water and avoid using it on fragile or plastic pipes.
Use a plunger to create suction and dislodge the clog. Ensure there is enough water in the sink or tub to cover the suction cup of the plunger. Place the plunger over the drain, creating a tight seal, and rapidly push and pull to create pressure and loosen the clog. Repeat several times if necessary.
Baking soda and vinegar
Pour a cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by a cup of vinegar. Let it sit for about 30 minutes, then flush the drain with hot water. The combination of baking soda and vinegar creates a fizzy reaction that can help dislodge debris.
Bent wire hanger
Straighten a wire hanger and create a small hook at one end. Insert the hooked end into the drain and use it to pull out any visible hair, debris, or gunk that may be causing the clog. Be gentle to avoid damaging the pipes.
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Remember to exercise caution and avoid using chemical drain cleaners, as they can be harsh on your plumbing system and the environment. If DIY methods do not resolve the clog or if you're dealing with a persistent or severe clog, it's best to seek professional assistance to avoid further damage to your pipes and plumbing system.