Drain Cleaning is a Messy Business


A sink filled with gray, smelly water is a nightmare for any homeowner. Usually, these annoying situations happen at the most inconvenient time, like when you’re trying to get ready for work. You try all the drain cleaners from the store, often to no avail. It’s best at this point to let the pros handle it. Mark Tango Plumbing can assist you in messy drain cleaning situations to make sure the job is done efficiently and expertly to prevent any re-occurrences.

Best Practices with Your Drains

The free flow of water down your drain is crucial to keep your plumbing running smoothly. That’s why it’s imperative never to put anything down the drain or toilet that is not recommended. After you put anything down your kitchen garbage disposal, run hot water through your pipes for an extra minute to flush everything through the pipes.

One of the most common obstructions found in clogged drains is an accumulation of grease or cooking oils, having been washed down the kitchen sink. Grease doesn’t break down and will stick to the walls of your pipes, causing accumulation over time that can clog them entirely. Avoid putting any kind of grease, including cooking oils, butter, meat fats, and oily dressings, down your kitchen sink.

The second most commonly found substance in a clogged drain (and even grosser) is accumulated hair. Whether from the sink or the shower, hair gets washed down the drain easily and can cause a dense blockage. If you experience much hair fall-out or have multiple members of your household taking showers daily, consider adding an inexpensive screen on your shower, tub, and sink drains. Always be sure to clean any visible hair from the drain after a shower.

The following should also be disposed of properly and not flushed down the toilet or put in your drains:

  • Coffee grounds
  • Eggshells
  • Cruciferous vegetables
  • Cat litter
  • Prescription medications
  • Feminine hygiene products

It’s never recommended to put these items down the drain, but once or twice is less worrisome than making it a regular habit, as they tend to accumulate in your plumbing. Even if you don’t have a problem immediately, such practices can cause a bad clog or even a leak down the road that will need to be treated by a plumber, such as the professionals here at Mark Tango Plumbing.

What to Do If a Drain Backs Up

Drains will usually let you know when there is a problem. You’ll notice unpleasant smells, unsightly backups, or a sink that takes too long to drain and leaves a film on the surface. It’s best to act at the first sign of a drain backup. First, pull up the stopper, if your sink has one, and clear any obstruction that may be there, such as gunk or accumulated hair. We suggest wearing gloves for this step.

Next, take the trap underneath the sink apart to dislodge any stubborn clogs. Make sure you have a bucket set up to catch any water or grime that falls out of the trap. Clean the trap thoroughly before reassembling it, then run warm water down the sink. If it’s still clogged, your last attempt can be using a commercial drain cleaner and following the instructions on the bottle.

If none of the steps above have worked, or you’re experiencing repeated drain clogging, it’s time to call in Mark Tango Plumbing. Drain problems can be extremely messy and annoying to deal with, and often the problem is too far down the pipe for the homeowner to treat themselves. If you need assistance with a drain cleaning in Boston’s North Shore, call us at 781-944-8043 today.

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