woman using plunger to unclog kitchen sink

When it comes to the plumbing in our Rock Springs-area homes, many folks adopt the attitude that ‘out of sight is out of mind.’ We have complex systems of drains and pipes running throughout our homes, but many of us don’t even give them a second thought. That is, of course, until something goes wrong. A clogged drain is not something that can be easily ignored — though it’s something that we have to deal with from time to time. The best policy is to keep those pipes and drains in mind, even when they’re not causing any problems!

At Champion Services, we offer a full range of plumbing services to the Southwest Wyoming area, including Evanston, Rock Springs and Green River. While we’re always ready to help with whatever plumbing issue you’re having, regular maintenance and taking care of your home’s plumbing will help reduce the chances of a stressful, and potentially costly, plumbing situation. As such, we’ve put together some drain cleaning tips for you below!

Pay Attention To The Problem

Looking out for early signs that there might be something going on with your plumbing is always a good idea. If you catch the signs early, it can help prevent the plumbing from getting out of hand. Look out for some of the following tell-tale signs you may need plumbing repair:

  • Water backing up in sink or toilet
  • Gurgling sounds from drain
  • Percolating sounds after using washer/shower/etc.
  • Lots of trees on your property

You might just be dealing with a simple clog, or there can be something more serious going on. There is even the chance of clogging or damage to your main sewer line, which can be due to the growth of tree roots. Make sure to pay attention to the habits and tendencies of your plumbing as well as the things that can be affecting it!

Try Home Remedies

If you are dealing with a rather simple clog, you might be able to fix it with a few straightforward steps.

One of the first things you might want to try is a good ol’ fashioned plunger. For many sink and toilet clogs, a regular and affordable home plunger can do the trick. These are commonplace in most homes and learning appropriate technique doesn’t require that much work.

If the plunger isn’t doing the trick, then your next step might involve purchasing a drain cleaner solution from your local supermarket. The effectiveness of drain cleaning solution can vary from product to product and situation to situation, but sometimes they can be useful. It is extremely important to read all of the labels on your drain cleaning solution and to use it appropriately. Follow the directions.

It is also important to not become overly-reliant on these store-bought solutions. Drain cleaning solutions can be damaging and corrosive to pipes if they are used too frequently. Over time, consistent usage of drain cleaning solutions will actually make your pipes worse off than before. It’s a good idea to be mindful of less-damaging alternatives; check out our “Eco-Friendly Tips for Unclogging Drains” blog post for more information!

When in doubt, it’s best to discuss your options with plumbers. Speaking of which…

Ask The Experts

Something to keep in mind is that it can be overwhelming to try to deal with a plumbing issue all by yourself. This is especially true if you are not familiar with plumbing. Don’t be afraid to ask the experts. Even something as commonplace as using store-bought drain cleaning solutions can cause long-term damage to your home. Don’t take the risk; call Champion Services with all of your plumbing questions!

We can fix clogs in no time flat with our augers. If it’s serious, we can diagnose the problem by using our specialty cameras. We have the expertise, the tools, and the means to make sure your home is safe and that those drains are functioning how they should be. 

clogged shower drain

There are a lot of ways to approach a clogged drain. It can be tempting to just go to the local supermarket and get a powerful drain cleaner to pour down the sink. But this isn’t your only option — nor is necessarily the best option. In today’s blog post, we will take a look at some eco-friendly alternatives for unclogging those pesky clogged drains. If you have any question or know you need professional drain cleaning in Rock Springs, Evanston, Green River or the surrounding area, simply give the expert plumbers at Champion Services a call!

In the meantime, let’s turn to those clogged drains and take a look at what some of your options might be.

1. Use a Plunger

We’ve been surprised to learn how surprising it is to people that a plunger can be used for more than their toilets! Sure, you don’t want to use the same plunger in your kitchen sink that you’re using in your toilet, but the right plunger can make pretty quick work of some nasty clogs. There are different kinds of plungers that are specialized for different kinds of jobs. 

Plungers for sinks are usually made with red rubber and have a shallow suction cup. In the end, plunging the drain may be all you need to do. The suction could force the clog away, leaving you with a clear drain — no chemicals needed. Couldn’t be much more eco-friendly than that, right?

2. Baking Powder Might Do the Trick

There’s no shortage of home remedies that promise a quick fix. Too often, though, they don’t do a whole lot. Luckily, in the case of baking powder (as well as our next tip), you have a home remedy on your hands that will actually remediate! 

Baking powder is especially helpful when used in conjunction with the plunger method. Sometimes a plunger will help get rid of the primary clog, but you’ll still notice some degree of back-up. If this is the case, simply pour a cup of baking soda down it and then 3 cups of boiling water. This can help pull aways debris that remains caught in the drain.

3. The Power of Vinegar

Vinegar is sometimes used as a panacea. You can’t trust that it will fix everything, but you can trust that it can do some serious drain cleaning! You can think of all three of these things — plunger, baking powder, and vinegar — as the eco-friendly clog-cleaning trifecta. They’re best used together.

Sure, baking soda and vinegar have been used to erupt many middle school science projects — but it does more than that! Just pour half a cup of baking soda down the drain, and then half a cup of white vinegar. You can also heat the vinegar first or follow up the combination with boiling water if it’s a really stubborn clog. This should go a long way in unclogging your drain. Just don’t follow up with a store-bought chemical, as these can lead to potentially harmful or corrosive reactions. If you’re still facing a clog, read our “Tips for Drain Cleaning” blog post for more ideas!

Turn to the Drain Cleaning Pros

Champion Services is here to help! We offer quality drain cleaning services throughout Rock Springs, Evanston and the surrounding area. Reach out to us for all of your plumbing needs!

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