I have a clogged drain…now what?

Mature plumber fixing a problem in the sink

Mature plumber fixing a problem in the sink

Clogged drains happen and occur most often in kitchen sinks, bath tubs and toilets. Thankfully, there are warning signs before a catastrophe. Slow draining or a foul odor means something is blocking the flow of the line.

If only one drain in your house is slow, that means the problem could be closer to the entry point, such as a hair clog in a tub drain. However, if multiple drains in the house are slow, it could be a bigger problem with the main sewer line. This is especially troublesome if the toilet is one of your slow drains because toilets generally have the most direct path to the sewer. It’s likely something that’s affecting the whole plumbing system.

So what do you do?

First, determine if one drain is affected or if it’s multiple drains. This will help you pinpoint where the problem is occurring. If it’s a single line, such as a toilet or a tub drain, try a plunger to see if a bit of pressure will release the clog. If that doesn’t work, consult a local plumber to ensure you don’t do more damage to your home. If you’re enrolled in the external sewer line or interior plumbing and drainage warranty with Service Line Warranties of Canada, this consultation would be a covered expense through the program. If not, contact a local plumber in your area to perform a consultation and get to the root of the problem before it becomes a disaster.

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