While minor blockages in our plumbing system can often be resolved with some simple DIY methods, sometimes the stubborn clogs require a more advanced approach. If you’re a hands-on homeowner willing to venture into deeper waters, this guide is for you.
- High-Pressure Water:
A hydro jet or a high-pressure water jet can be used to force water through the drain to clear blockages. This method is particularly effective for clearing out greasy build-ups and tree roots. However, it’s essential to use this method judiciously as excessive pressure can damage pipes.
- Inspection Cameras:
If you’re continuously having drain issues, it might be worth investing in an inspection camera. These devices can be snaked into the drain to visually locate blockages, making it easier to address the root cause of the problem.
- Natural Bacterial Products:
While similar to enzymatic cleaners, these products introduce “good” bacteria into your plumbing, which break down organic waste. It’s an excellent method for maintenance, keeping pipes clean and odor-free.
- Plumber’s Snake or Auger:
This hand-cranked tool can be manually directed down the drain to dislodge blockages. Rotate the snake as you push it to help break up the obstruction.
- Accessing Clean Out Points:
Most plumbing systems have clean-out points installed, which are access points that make it easier to clear out obstructions. Locate these in your system, and using an auger or snake, directly access and clear blockages.
- Safety Measures:
- Always wear gloves and safety goggles.
- Ensure the work area is well-ventilated if using any products.
- If using tools, read the user manual thoroughly to avoid any damage.
While advanced DIY methods can be effective in resolving plumbing issues, it’s crucial to know when to call in professionals. If you’re ever in doubt about a blockage or the health of your plumbing system, consulting with a seasoned plumber can save you time, money, and potential damage in the long run.