Most Effective Techniques To Clear Choked Drainage

There is nothing good about a choked drain. It doesn’t matter whether you’re talking about the small waste pipes that are directly connected to your appliances, or the main sewer pipe running across your yard to the communal pipe. A choked drainage issue means the wastewater and products have nowhere to go. Left untreated, it will back up in the pipes and eventually come into your home through the drains.

That becomes a much more expensive repair and potentially an insurance claim. In short, it’s better to clear the choked drainage as soon as you find out about it.

Most Common Sign You Have Choked Drainage

The easiest way to spot a brewing drainage issue is by keeping an eye on your appliances. If the water starts to drain slower than usual there is a clog in the pipes. If it happens in just one appliance the clog is close to that appliance. But, if several appliances are doing the same thing, the choking is happening somewhere in the main sewer pipe. It’s your responsibility to find it and fix the issue.

Start With An Inspection

It’s a good idea to find a good quality sewer camera for sale and invest in it today. It consists of a small pipe that feeds into your drains. The pipe has a camera attached and a live feed, allowing you to see what the inside of your pipe looks like. Any narrowing of the pipe or build-up of debris will start choking the supply.

Left untreated it will get worse until it is fully clogged.

An inspection camera allows you to keep an eye on your pipes and spot issues early. In short, it can save you a lot of money and hassle.

Drain Rods

If the choking area is in the main drains then you can open your inspection hatch and rod the pipes. There are specially designed drain rods that connect together as you slide them into the pipes. The camera will have told you where the clog is. Simply fasten the twisted piece on the front end of the pipe and you should be able to drive it through any clog. Breaking it up will allow the wastewater to flow properly again.

Baking Soda

Drain rods aren’t an option inside your home. Of course, the piping under appliances is much easier to take apart to find the choking point. However, before you do this, it’s worth noting that most clogs are in the trap under the appliance. An effective way of dealing with this is to add half a cup of baking soda to your appliance. Leave it to settle in the pipes for several minutes and then add a few tablespoons of vinegar. The reaction between the two will break any clog apart.

You should note, that there are plenty of chemical solutions to choked drains. However, think carefully before using them as they may cause damage to the inside of your pipes.

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