Stubborn Bathtub Clog? Why You Shouldn't Try to Remove It Yourself

Posted on: 5 January 2017

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If your bathtub drain repeatedly clogs up, you might try many things to unclog it. But if your efforts fail each time, it's probably a good idea that you contact a plumber for help. The stubborn clog can indicate a much deeper problem in your plumbing system you can't treat on your own. Here's some information about that stubborn clog and what a plumber will do to eliminate it.

Why Won't Your Clog Go Away?

The clog in your bathtub may be a symptom of a much bigger issue: a main sewer line clog. You probably already know what a sewer line does in your home. It transports wastewater out of your plumbing system. But what you might not know or understand is that your main sewer line can clog up with debris and gunk over time. The line is also vulnerable to encroaching tree roots that wrap around the lines and crush them.

If the main sewer line is clogged, your efforts to clear out your bathtub drain may go unrewarded. In some cases, you may make the problem worse if your plunger or plumbing snake forces the clog further down the sewer line.

What Happens After You Call a Plumber?

If a plumber suspects that you have a sewer line problem, they may use a special camera to inspect it. As the camera picks up images, it transmits them to a small computer or viewing screen. The images may reveal the exact cause of the clog, such as a break somewhere in the line. 

A plumber will generally dig around the damaged sewer line to repair or replace it. If you don't like the idea of digging, ask the plumber if they perform trenchless sewer line replacements instead. The trenchless method replaces parts of a damage line without breaking up the soil above it. 

After a contractor completes the work, keep your sewer line clear by monitoring what you put in it. For instance, use toilet paper that biodegrades, or breaks down, in the system instead of clogs it up. Always keep a watchful eye on your kids and pets, as they can easily place items down the toilet that cause clogs, including pet toys and food. Also, place a strainer in the bathtub drain, and other drains, to catch hair and solid dirt particles. 

If the clog returns, contact a plumber like those at Walt's Plumbing for further service.