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How You Can Unclog Sewer Pipes

Looking to Unclog Sewer Pipes?

To unclog sewer pipes can be a difficult job but with the right tools, it is possible to get it done yourself. The two techniques described below should be enough to unclog most sewer pipes but remember: when in doubt, it is best to call a professional. Plumbing problems can quickly escalate so be sure to stop and call an expert if you run into any complications.

How To Tell If Your Main Sewer Pipe Is Clogged

The biggest clue that your main sewer pipe is clogged is multiple and simultaneous clogged drains throughout your home. This will usually involve more than one toilet, shower, or sink that is clogged or overflowing in more than one room at the same time. Sometimes a problem can be identified in its early stages if you notice that you frequently have to unclog many drains throughout your home.

Method 1: Plumber’s Auger/Snake

To unclog sewer pipes, there are a variety of methods available to you. First is the plumber’s auger or snake. Available in both 3 and 6 foot lengths, plumber’s snakes are often the easiest way of cleaning out serious drain problems. For clearing your main sewer line you will want to choose the longer option, find your home’s main cleanout, and then follow these steps:

1. Disconnect plumbing in order to reach sewer pipe.

2. Spread newspaper on the floor for extra protection – this can get messy.

3. Insert the plumber’s snake down the sewer pipe until you meet resistance.

4. Begin turning the crank to bore through the clog.

5. Keep cranking until you feel the pressure release it is works its way through the clog. This may take several attempts to clear out a clog completely.

Method 2: Sewer Jetter Nozzle for Power Washer

The second method to unclog sewer pipes If the plumber’s snake does not do the trick, is to use a sewer jetter attachment for your power washer instead. This will typically clean a drain more completely and more quickly than a snake and may work when a snake has failed. Before beginning, be sure to wear appropriate eye protection and rubber gloves.

1. Insert the nozzle into the drain’s opening.

2. Make sure the tip is at least 1-2 feet down inside of the drain and begin spraying highly pressurized water into the pipe to dislodge the clog.

3. The nozzle will work its way deeper into the main pipe as the debris clears, continue to feed it more hose until the blockage is clear. You may need to pull it back a few feet and repeat the process to fully unclog the drain.

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Need Additional Help?

To unclog sewer pipes can be a tricky job if you are not experienced or a professional. As such, HY-PRO provides all the assistance you will need when we are unclogging your sewer pipes. Our plumbers are trained, insured and licensed to provide you with the best service possible. Your sewer pipes will be debris-free and be healthy in the hands of our great plumbers. Contact us today!

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