Drain Cleaning FAQ

May 15th, 2024

How do you unclog a toilet if a snake doesn’t work?

If a plumbing snake proves ineffective, it suggests the blockage is located further down the drain line. In such cases, professional equipment may be necessary to reach and remove the obstruction. This often involves the removal of the toilet to gain access to the affected area for thorough cleaning and unclogging.

  • If you have a recurring toilet clog, it may be time to consider a toilet replacement. You may benefit from a pressure assisted toilet, ask us for more information!
Drain Cleaning FAQ

What are the dangers of using Drano and similar products to clear drains?

Drano and similar chemical drain cleaners contain harsh chemicals that can cause damage to your pipes over time. These chemicals can also pose a risk to your health if not used properly, potentially causing burns or respiratory issues.

  • As Drano sits in your drains it’s continually eating away at the blockage and everything else around it.
  • We’ve seen toilet bowls crack, PVC pipes softened and cracked, and the glue holding pipes together dissolved.
  • Chemical drain cleaners may not effectively clear tough clogs as they often just burn a small hole through the blockage.
  • This leads to repeated use or blockages that get worse over time.

What are the benefits of using Bio-Clean for drain cleaning?

Bio-Clean is a natural, environmentally friendly alternative to chemical drain cleaners. It has an incredible multi-purpose product that can be applied beyond your plumbing system.

  • It utilizes natural bacteria and enzymes to break down organic waste, including grease, hair, and food particles, effectively clearing drains without damaging pipes.
  • Bio-Clean is safe for use in all types of plumbing systems and septic tanks, making it a versatile and reliable solution for drain maintenance.
  • You can even use Bio-Clean as a compost starter or to fresh up kitty litter!

How can I deal with unpleasant odours coming from my drains?

Drain odours can result from various issues, including a dried-out P-trap or a buildup of organic matter within the drains. If the P-trap is ruled out, persistent sewer gas odours may indicate a blockage in the drain caused by accumulated organic material. Bacteria and decay within the blockage emit gases that can permeate through the plumbing system and manifest as unpleasant odours in your fixtures.

  • Foul odours emanating from drains are often caused by organic material buildup within the pipes.
  • Regular use of products like Bio-Clean can help eliminate these odours by breaking down organic waste and preventing it from accumulating.
  • Additionally, flushing drains with a mixture of baking soda and vinegar or using citrus peels can help neutralize odours naturally.

What are some signs that my drains may be clogged?

  • Slow draining water in sinks, tubs, or showers.
  • Gurgling noises coming from drains.
  • Foul odours emanating from drains.
  • Water pooling around floor drains or in the basement.

What Causes Drain Blockages?

Drain blockages can stem from various sources, such as excessive use of toilet paper, buildup of organic matter like food scraps, and the introduction of products such as shampoo or toothpaste into the plumbing system. In outdoor drains, invasive tree roots can also contribute to blockages.

How often should I have my drains professionally cleaned?

  • The frequency of professional drain cleaning depends on various factors, including the age of your plumbing system, usage patterns, and presence of trees or shrubs with invasive roots.
  • As a general guideline, it's recommended to have your drains professionally cleaned at least once a year to prevent buildup and potential blockages.

Can I prevent drain clogs from occurring?

Yes, there are several preventive measures you can take to minimize the risk of drain clogs, including:

  • Avoid pouring grease, oil, or coffee grounds down the drain.
  • Use drain strainers to catch hair and food particles.
  • Use Bio-Clean monthly to prevent organic build-up
  • Consider scheduling routine maintenance with a professional plumbing service to inspect and clean your drains.

If you require professional assistance with drain cleaning or encounter persistent drainage problems, feel free to reach out to Absolute for expert guidance and solutions.