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When to Call a Plumber for a Clogged Drain

Drain clogs always seem to occur at the most inconvenient times. What’s worse is that many Chicago-area homeowners spend lots of time and energy trying to clear their drains to avail. Knowing when to clear a drain yourself and when to hire a plumber can help save time, money, and energy. Here are some signs that you need a Chicago-area plumber to clear your clogged drain:

  • Your Plunger Doesn’t Work

When dealing with a toilet, sink, or drain clog, try your best to clear the clog using a clean plunger. The key to effective plunging is to create a tight seal around the drain and force excess water back through the drain to push the obstruction away. If this doesn’t work, call your local plumber.

  • Home Remedies Don’t Work

Baking soda and vinegar are tried and true DIY remedies for basic clog clearing and are particularly effective with light sink clogs. If this solution doesn’t work, your clog is probably too heavy to be affected by this fairly light-duty plumbing clearing method.

  • The Clog Is Deep in Your Sewer System

Plungers and toilet augers are great for clogs that are closer to the opening of the drain. However, for clogs that are much deeper in your sewer line, professional equipment may be necessary to clear your plumbing. Examples of serious issues that require professional attention include tree roots, non-drain-safe objects, and frozen pipes.

  • You’re Using Too Many Chemicals

Before pouring another bottle of liquid drain clearer into your pipes, remember the disadvantage of using harsh chemicals on your home’s plumbing. These chemicals tend to be very caustic and corrosive and can damage your plumbing with overuse. If you find yourself becoming too reliant on drain chemicals, hire a Chicago-area plumber to take care of your drain clog for good.

For professional drain clearing services, contact Bishop Plumbing, Chicagoland’s premier plumber service. Call (847) 380-8053 to schedule your appointment in Arlington Heights, Schaumburg, Glenview, Chicago, or Northbrook today.