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Adding a Bathroom

Last year I discovered I would inherit my grandmother’s beautiful house. When I was a child, I made many fond memories in this cozy, rural home. When I learned the home would be mine, I immediately started planning future renovations. The first thing I decided to do was make the half bathroom a full one. At the time, the home only had one full bathroom. Do you and your family members argue over who gets to use the one bathroom in your house? Consider hiring a contractor to build an additional bathroom onto your home. An experienced contractor can help you determine if you need a three, four, or even five piece bathroom. On this blog, I hope you will discover the benefits of hiring a contractor to build an addition onto your home.

How To Clear Your Home's Clogged Drains

If you are having problems with your home's plumbing system, there are many things you can try to do to solve the problem on your own. As long as you have access to a few common tools and supplies, you can keep your plumbing system in working order. Below are some of the most common home plumbing problems, as well as the steps and tools needed to solve them.

Single Clogged Drain

If you are dealing with a sink or bathtub that is either draining slowly or not draining at all, the problem likely lies with one of the pipes that leads to your home's main sewer. There are many pipes that transport wastewater from the various, sinks, bathtubs, and appliances in your home to the main sewer line. This sewer line then carries the wastewater to the city's main sewer system.

This problem is relatively easy to fix, and can be solved in one of two ways:

  1. Use a drain-clearing chemical solution.
    • These chemicals can be found in any hardware store in your area, but could also be found in most supermarkets and grocery stores.
    • You will need to simply pour a pre-determined amount of the liquid down the drain in order to allow the chemical solution to break down the mass that is blocking the drain.
    • Make sure to properly ventilate the area where the chemical solution is going to be used so that any fumes created by the liquid are not inhaled by any people in the home.
  2. Attempt to clear the drain with a drain augur.
    • A drain augur, also called a "drain snake" can be used to manually remove a blockage from a drain.
      • A drain augur is a long, flexible, metal cable that is fed into a drain by a small electric or gasoline motor.
    • These tools can be rented at any hardware store by the hour, but you can always check with friends, neighbors, or family member to see if they have one that you could borrow.
    • Simply feed the metal cable into the drain by hand, and then turn on the motor to force the cable down into the drain. When the cable meets the mass that is blocking the pipe, it will break the mass apart with its rotating motion.

Multiple Clogged Drains

If wastewater is not draining from your home in any capacity, then it is likely that your main sewer line is clogged. The primary cause of a clogged sewer line is tree root invasion, as healthy tree roots can eventually break through the walls of your home's main sewer pipe. This causes a blockage to form around the tree root over time, eventually creating an impassible mass that brings your home's drains to a screeching halt.

There are two treatment methods available to clear a tree root invasion of a sewer line:

  1. Powerful chemical erosion
    • You can use a chemical solution to clear an invasive tree root much like you would clear a single clogged drain in your home.
    • This chemical will be much more powerful than those used for a single drain, but will be applied in the same manner.
  2. Forced removal
    • You can use a special tool, called a hydro jetter, that forces a large amount of pressurized water down into your sewer line. This high-pressure solution blasts the tree root away, sending it down the pipe and into the city's sewer system.
    • This process is typically paired with a chemical solution for maximum efficacy.

Valuable Information

As you can see, it is not especially difficult to solve the majority of household plumbing issues. However, if you are dealing with clogged drains in your home, using the information outlined above or calling a Rapids Plumbing & Heating Inc company is the best way to solve any drain-related issue.