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The lavatory drain gets its fair share of clogs, “mostly due to human hair and soap scum, and sometimes an occasional toothbrush. Nine times out of 10, you can clear the lavatory drain by simply removing the pop-up from the center of the bowl and cleaning off the hair.
Some sinks, such as bowl sinks, do not have a pop-up. For these models you can often auger straight down into the vertical part of the trap, says the most referred Indianapolis plumber. However, your cable may not be able to get through the trap itself. Be sure to check the drainpipes for leaks after you’ve tried any auguring.
To rod a sink with a pop-up, go under the sink and unscrew the cap holding the lever that activates the pop-up. Then pull the lever straight back and out. Do not lose any parts. Be wary of a washer that might come out as well. If it does, reinsert it with the concave part facing out toward the ball on the lever.
Plumbing Pro Tip Of The Week
Tip #1 Remove the pop-up. This is where most clogs occur. If the pop-up comes out clean…
Tip #2 Find the clog in another location. If it comes out with a mass of hair, clean it. With the pop-up removed, you can rod the line straight down from the sink.
Tip #3 A fish-hook grabber may be used to pull out any debris and balls of hair. It may be a good idea to forgo using the auger and go straight to the P-trap. Put a bucket under the trap to catch the water that’s in it. Then simply unscrew the two slip nuts and the trap will fall away.
Tip #4 Clean the trap and make sure there is no blockage in the trap line going into the wall. If you still can’t find the blockage, clean the trap line.
Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG) cool and accumulate on the side walls of sewer pipes restricting flow and causing blockages that can result in overflowing manholes, basement backups and Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSOs). According to the most referred Indianapolis plumber, this waste can discharge into storm drains, creeks and ultimately flow into the ocean.
If normal drain cleaning methods do not clear the sewer line, our professional plumbers can use the latest water jetting technology to send powerful “jets” of water through your pipes to cut through grease, sludge and debris. Our water jetting (hydro jetting) services clear the toughest blockages.
Plumbing Pro Tip of the Week
Tip #1 Restaurants and commercial and institutional kitchens have difficult sink drain stoppages. Where food and dishes are constantly washed, grease and food debris can cause blocked and backing up drain lines.
Tip #2 Restaurant and commercial establishment restrooms get a lot of wear and tear.
Tip #3 In homes, toys and items that should never get flushed down a toilet wind up causing blocked toilet drains, backing up toilets, and main line stoppages.
PLUMBING TRADE SECRETS: A professional commercial Indianapolis plumber can pull or take up the toilet to clear tough stoppages, and we can replace and repair broken commercial toilets, sinks and faucets.
Bathroom drains get gunky with all of the hair and grooming products that slide down the pipes. To prevent clogs, and prevent the need to go through the acrobatics of working under the sink to remove the pop-up stopper, keep the stopper closed when grooming and once a month pour boiling water down the drain to keep them flowing.
The handle of the lift rod sits on top of the sink between the faucets and (usually) behind the spout. When the handle is raised, the pop-up drain closes; when the handle is pushed down, the drain opens. Underneath the sink, the lift rod attaches to a perforated metal bar called the clevis by means of a clevis screw, which is loosened or tightened by hand or by screwdriver.
Also attached to the clevis with a spring clip is a pivot rod, which passes through a retaining nut into the drain. Beyond the retaining nut, the rod also passes through a pivot ball, a plastic gasket, and a washer. It then passes through a small loop in the tail end of the pop-up stopper.
Mr. Rooter Tip of the Week
Tip #1 Loosen the clevis screw (with your fingers, a screwdriver, or an adjustable wrench, depending on the type of screw).
Tip #2 Push the stopper down by hand to close the drain.
Tip #3 Tighten the clevis screw. Once you make this adjustment, the stopper should close snugly.
If the pop-up stopper doesn’t stay open when you push down the lift rod:
Tip #4 Squeeze the spring clip, and release the pivot rod from the clevis.
Tip #5 Move the pivot rod to the next hole up on the clevis, holding it in place with the spring clip.
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There are many times that a homeowner can clear a clogged drain. Pouring hot water and baking soda is one method. Most homeowners will use a drain cleaning liquid. Usually these products are strong enough to partially dissolve a drain blockage. However, this may not end the problem because most drain cleaners only dissolve away part of the blockage. If this happens, the blockage can reoccur.
Tip #1 To rod a drain line, it will be necessary to find and open a cleanout closest to the clog.
Tip #2 Very carefully and slowly open a small crack to see if there is any fluid underneath. If none, remove the plug.
Tip #3 Insert a sewer tape into the line.
Tip #4 Rent a high-powered rodding machine (very expensive by the hour and extremely aggressive to operate). A rodding machine will send a cutter head into the line. A foot switch (inset) is mandatory for safe operation. This procedure may take two men to operate, at best.
Tip #5 If you are successful in clearing the main sewer line inside of your home or business, run a hose in the line full force for several minutes. This requires the pressure of your water to be reasonably high – professional plumbers use a Hydrojetting machine especially for this purpose. Your local Indianapolis plumbing professional offers video inspection to investigate the sewer line from your cleanout to the street where the sewer connects to either the septic tank or the municipal service.
WHAT CAN GO WRONG: After following this expert plumbing advice with no success in unclogging your sewer drain the problem most likely is between your house/business drain and the street. Consult a professional Indianapolis plumber.