One day, you’re brushing your teeth and look down to see the sink slowly filling with water—not draining as it should. The frustration mounts as you realize this isn’t just a fluke. It’s a dreaded backed-up drain.

Now what?

What is a drain clog?

A drain clog is when stuff that has been flushed down your drain gets stuck in the pipes, causing a backup. Depending on the type of drain, the junk causing the clog could be hair, toothpaste, soap and shampoo residue, food or even non-flushable things like your kiddo’s toys.

All of these can start to pile-up, leading to a traffic jam of sorts in your drain. That’s when the water starts backing up.

What do I do if my drain is clogged?

Drain clogs happen—and when they do, they can be messy and get in the way of your daily life. But there’s no need to panic. Smaller clogs can be cleared with certain DIY methods, like plunging, plumbing snakes and rinsing with vinegar and baking soda.

If these methods don’t have you in the clear, it’s time to call in a plumber to get your clog moving.

How do plumbers clean or clear drains?

Plumbers can use more aggressive methods and tools to get rid of what’s causing your back-up problems. Some of the methods that a skilled plumbing professional, like the pros at Justin Dorsey Plumbing, will use include:

  • Drain Snakes
    • Manual – Known as a plumber’s snake, this manual auger has a corkscrew-like hook at the end that the plumber turns in order to poke through the clog, pushing the debris that’s stuck through the sewer system.
    • Motorized – These are turned via a motor and have a lot of power to break through tougher clogs.
  • HD Sewer Line and Drain Cameras – These help your plumber see further down into the sewer line or drain after the clog has been cleared. We use these tools to see if there are any problems with the drain line that may be contributing to the clog.
  • Hydro-Jetting Machines – These powerful machines shoot concentrated water into drains, breaking down blockages that have persisted for years. This can even get rid of any traces of residue for a thorough cleaning.

When you’re facing tough clogs in your drain or sewer line, call Justin Dorsey Plumbing. We offer 24/7 drain cleaning and clearing services to ensure everything is flowing as it should. Whether you need a simple drain cleaning, pipe repairs or line replacement, our expert team has the tools, knowledge and experience to break-up blockages and get your drains flowing once again.

Contact us today for our professional drain cleaning services!