Note: the bottom pipe is going to the street
snake in one foot at a time
are usually located in the front of the house
Sewage Back Up’s
When backup occur the damage can be
Many of us promise ourselves to get a bi-yearly cleanout
only to never keep the appointment.
The rotor man can charge hundreds in some cases ,however, you may want to try
cleaning the drain yourself before flipping the bill for drain cleaning.
Many house backups can be cleared by
homeowners. In a lot of cases all a stoppage need is a little
push to clear itself. One way you can accomplish this is to find
a garden hose. By stuffing a rag around it tightly and gradually turning the water on
slowly should be enough to clear many stoppages specially if they
are not too long over due. Clearing out stopped up drain are sometimes
easy and sometimes a nightmare. I am a strong believer in do it your self,
rent a snake, drain
cleaning, reasons are: you can keep your snake in
the drain a little longer, and you can also clean all your drains.
By keeping the snake in the drain longer and running it back and forth
you do the kind of drain cleaning no body else will do for you without
paying big-time overages.
You can also clean all your drains. After the main drain is clean go to
the furthest drain away from the street clean all the drain in the house
working your way back to the main drain which should be closes to the
Now if you want thing to go smoothly
just remember one thing SEND YOUR SNAKE IN ONE FOOT AT A TIME when there
is binding or resistance. Also keep in mind that there are a few
ways you can loose your snake; when operating a drain cleaning machine,
be careful when you start to run out of snake, the weight of the snake
all ready in the drain can pull the snake out of the machine and down
Also, in some cases your snake can get stuck,
to free your snake
run it in reverse.
Type of stoppage
There are two kinds of stoppages:
1) There is the gradual build up
stoppage, (grease, hair, and enzymes.)
2) There is the instance stoppage,
(something stuck in drain.)
If you have an instance stoppage you can
try the water hose technique.
But if you have a gradual build up you
may need a heavy-duty drain-cleaning machine.
Usually drain cleaner do not work on
Small hand held snake not big enough for sewage problems.