Having a Clogged Drain is a very common problem that everybody deals with at one time or another. Drain pipes use gravity to carry waste water away from fixtures, appliances, and other drain openings. This waste water is carried out of the house to a municipal sewer system or septic tank. Newer drain pipes are usually plastic (P.V.C). In an older home drain pipes may be cast iron, galvanized steel, copper, or lead. Because they are not part of the supply system, lead drain pipes pose no health hazard. However, lead pipes are no longer manufactured for home plumbing systems.
Drain pipes have diameters ranging from 1 ¼“ to 4”. These large diameters allow waste to pass through efficiently. Traps are an important part of the drain system. These curved sections of drain pipe hold standing water, and they are usually found immediately after the drain tailpiece in the drain opening. The standing water of a trap prevents sewer gases from backing up into a home. Each time a drain is used, the standing trap water is flushed away and is replaced by new water.
In order to work properly, the drain system requires air. Air allows waste water to flow freely down drain pipes. To allow air into the drain system, drain pipes are connected to vent pipes. All drain systems must include vents, and the entire system is called the drain-waste-vent (DWV) system. One or more vents, located on the roof, provide the air needed for the DWV system to work.
If using a plunger or a hand auger does not clear a clog in a fixture drain line, it means that the blockage may be in a branch line, the main waste-vent stack, or the sewer service line.
First, use a hand-crank or drill powered auger to clear the branch drain line closest to any stopped-up fixtures. Branch drain lines may be serviced through the cleanout fittings located at the end of each branch. Because waste water may be backed up in the drain lines, always open a cleanout with caution! Place a bucket and rags under the opening to catch waste water.
Never position yourself directly under a cleanout opening while unscrewing the plug or cover. If using an auger on the branch line does not solve the problem, then the clog may be located in the main drainage stack. To clear the stack you will need to run an auger cable down through the roof vent.
We recommend that if nothing in the above article has worked on solving the problem, that it may be a good idea to contact King James Plumbing for a professional diagnoses and solution. King James Plumbing will take care of your clogged drain Spring, TX repairs.
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Clogged drains can be a hassle, but we guarantee that you will be completely satisfied with the quality and level of service you will receive from King James Plumbing.
We will help you diagnose the problem, walk you through what you are dealing with, and let you know your best options from a professional standpoint. Our goal is always to serve you in the best way possible!
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