If you're dealing with a clogged drain, you may debate if you should try to solve the issue yourself or just call in a plumber and have the clogged cleaned out quickly and save yourself the effort. If you like to do home repairs, then the answer might not be a simple one, so here are some suggestions on when it's best to call a plumber.

When All Drains Are Slow Or Clogged

If all the drains in your bathroom empty as usual but the kitchen drain is clogged, then the problem is probably located in the kitchen drain somewhere. If all or several of your drains or toilets are suddenly slow to empty or sitting at a standstill, then the problem is in the sewer line and you're dealing with a more serious problem that's probably best left to a plumber.

When Waste Is Backing Up The Drains

Another problem that a plumber should investigate is when wastewater or sewage backs up into your home. You might flush the toilet and then see water or sewage back up into your bathtub. That's another sign of a problem with the sewer drain, and that might mean there are roots in the system or the drain has collapsed. When there are problems with a sewer line, the plumber may need to use a pipe camera to identify the problem so the right repairs can be done.

When Plunging And Fishing Don't Work

If you suspect the clog is confined to a single drain, such as the one in the kitchen, then you should try to unclog it yourself with a plunger as that might do the job and save a service call. Another thing you can try is fishing out the clog if you can reach it through the top of the drain. You might even unscrew the trap under the sink to help fish out the clog. Sometimes, you can grab onto hair, paper, or other objects that are stuck in the top of the drain, and once they're gone, the drain will flow freely again. If these methods don't work, it's time to call a plumber to come in with tools like a snake or hydro jet to clear out the line.

When You Have Old Pipes You Don't Want To Harm

If you know the plumbing in your home is old and might be damaged easily, then it's better to call a plumber rather than harm the pipes with chemical drain cleaners or by using a rented snake. A plumber is careful to clear a clog without causing harm to your pipes. The right tools are chosen so your pipes are treated as gently as possible while clearing out the debris. For instance, if there's a risk of damaging the pipes with a hydro jet, the plumber may use a drain snake instead.

If you don't know how to use drain cleaning tools, you might waste money on renting them and still have a clog to deal with. Calling in a plumber is often the best way to deal with a clogged drain safely and quickly.

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