Do it yourself unclog sewer line


If you take your handyman skills very seriously and are still looking for some easy solutions to unclogging sewer line. Here is a step by step guide on how to fix this type of problem, although we recommend calling the experts. Please be aware that as a result of differences in manufactures and country regulations some components may have different names where you’re from.

Step 1

Locate the problem by first looking for the main sewer line inside your house. Depending on your home’s drainage layout it may be located in more than one place. If you don’t know what this is, you can look for a pipe with a threaded plastic nut bulging from the wall or underground.

Step 2

Be ready to get your hands dirty and have a bucket ready for spill outs. Before opening the nut, suspend a bucket to the base of the sewer pipe or drip pan to avoid spillage. Be prepared as this will be a very messy job.

Step 3

With preparation done, you can now unscrew the sewer drain plug with a pair of channel lock pliers or a wrench. Do this by turning the plug screw counter-clockwise until it is loose enough to unscrew by hand. Unscrew the nut and allow wastes and water to flow into the bucket. It’s best to have a rug or mop ready in case of flows.

Step 4

Now comes the tricky part of unclogging the drain with a snake tool. After connecting your snake tool, feed the cable into the gutter until it stops at an obstruction. Turn on the device and unclog the sewer line using the forward button. You have to keep a firm grip on the device while the snake tool works its way into the pipes. Whenever the machine stops, you can press the reverse button for a couple of seconds and then use the forward motion again. You may have to carry out this process over and over until you have free movement of the tool.

Alternatively, sewer repair can be a complicated and dirty job, in some cases, your pipes may be damaged and not just clogged. Flatirons Plumbing is always ready to take your call day or night to help you out and unclog your sewer line anytime.

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