What causes a clogged drain? A clogged drain is typically caused by the gradual accumulation of organic matter like hair and grease on the inside walls of drain pipes. Over time, this build-up slows down the normal flow of water through the pipe, much like cholesterol in the bloodstream. When a clump of debris or a wad of hair tries to pass through the pipe, it can become stuck and completely block the flow. The result is a clogged bathtub or sink drain.
How do I unclog my drain? While a plunger can sometimes unclog minor obstructions, a stubborn or persistent clog will require a visit from one of our licensed San Diego plumbers, who will use a tool called an auger (also known as a "snake").
This tool works in the opposite way that a plunger does. The plumber will push the snake into the clog and crank it to drive the snake deeper into the obstruction. While parts of the clog break up and flush through the drain, the snake helps a plumber gain access to the clog in order to successfully remove it.
In some cases, the licensed plumber will use an electric snake, which has the power necessary to get through tough clogs. Snakes are especially handy because they're long enough to reach clogs that are lodged deep within a drainpipe and ultimately unclog the drain.
Are there any exceptions? Sometimes a clogged sink, tub, shower or even toilet is not caused by debris in your home's pipes (called the secondary drains). Instead, the clog is the result of foreign obstructions like roots in the sewer main. If our plumber determines that the clog is caused by an obstruction in the sewer main, it may require that we hydrojet the main line. While we try very hard to provide up-front, transparent pricing, custom jobs like these will require us to give you an estimate for the work.