Why your drains and pipes may be clogged and how to fix the issue

A clogged drain can be a real nuisance. A clogged shower drain, for example, can slow down your morning routine and make you late for work. What’s even more frustrating is that it can be difficult to get to the root of the problem.

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Bay State Sewage Technician Inspecting Drains with Fiber Optic Video Camera 

But when you have a clogged drain or pipe, not only is it important to unclog the problem, but also it’s equally as important to make sure the problem doesn’t continuously persist.

That’s why Lakeville Massachusetts-based Bay State Sewage is offering our clients throughout Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts these helpful tips for identifying and solving their clogged drain issues.

What should I look for to know I have a clogged drain – tips for MA and RI homeowners

Throughout our experience serving our neighbors in Berkely,  Middleboro, Taunton, Freetown, Bridgewater, West Bridgewater, Easton, Rochester, Carver, Acushnet, Myricks, Dighton, Plympton, Ranyham, Oakland, Halifax, Wareham, Marion, Mattapoisett, Ellisville, Bourne and Sandwich, these are the typical signs we’ve noticed of a clogged drain:

• Water pools around the shower drain, then drains out slowly
• Water backs out of a sink drain
• Bubbles appear in the toilet when you run your sink
• Your sinks or bathtubs drain slowly
• Your drains gurgle, especially after running a washing machine or dishwasher
• You notice puddles of water near your sink or tub

What can home owners do if they have a clogged drain?

Before you settle on calling a plumbing expert like Bay State Sewage, there are some DIY tactics you can try. In the end, you might just have a hair or soap scum clog, which can easily be removed. Some tips to try on your own include:

1. Use a plunger on your affected drain(s). For your toilet, use a flange plunger, rather than a cup plunger
2. Try a bent wire to grab the object in the drain
3. Clean your drain’s stopper

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